County news April 23, 2012

Trescothick out for at least six weeks

Marcus Trescothick, the Somerset captain, will miss "a minimum of six or seven weeks" cricket as a result of the injury he sustained in the County Championship match against Nottinghamshire.

Trescothick, 36, will undergo surgery to repair tendon damage in his right ankle. He fell to the floor in pain when running after a ball in the field on Friday and was diagnosed with a recurrence of the ankle injury that troubled him towards the end of the 2011 season. The club hope the operation will prove a long-lasting solution.

"Following a scan in Derby, Marcus saw a specialist in Exeter," Brian Rose, Somerset's director of cricket, told ESPNcricinfo. "It was decided that he required surgery on his damaged tendon and that he will probably not be available for a minimum of six or seven weeks.

"Our first game in this summer's T20 competition is on June 13, so I suspect that will become the target for his come back."

James Hildreth will captain Somerset in Trescothick's absence.

The club had better news of Steve Kirby, who was unable to bowl on the final day in Nottingham, and Vernon Philander, who missed the game after suffering back spasms. Philander will play against Lancashire starting on Thursday, while Kirby will undergo a fitness test on Wednesday, but remains optimistic he should be fit. Geemal Hussain is also expected to be available to return in about 10 days.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo