Wednesday 7 March 2007 

Double Hernia Operation For Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick is optimistic he will be fit for the start of the domestic season after undergoing a double hernia operation.

He was released from hospital in Manchester and is aiming to be fit for Somerset's opening Liverpool Victoria County Championship match against Middlesex at Taunton, starting on April 18.

Trescothick told his county's official website, www.somersetcountycc.co.uk: ``The recovery period is expected to be four to six weeks. My left groin was giving me pain at the end of last summer.
``At first it was thought that rest might prove a cure, but it didn't improve. It is common practice these days to operate on both sides with hernia surgery.
``I went up to Manchester because the surgeon there, Ian MacLennan, is an expert in this field and has operated on many professional sportsmen.''

Somerset chief executive Richard Gould said: ``Marcus should be fully recovered from the operation by the time the season starts.
``It will be like having a new player as he has spent so much time with England in recent years and the prospect of him opening the batting with Justin Langer is a really exciting one for us.
``The ECB medical staff will continue to monitor Marcus's progress following the operation and will be in close consultation with Somerset coaching and medical personnel during his rehabilitation.''