Tuesday 22 May 2007 

Essex Hit By Double Injury Blow

Essex youngsters Mervyn Westfield and Maurice Chambers have both suffered stress fractures that will prevent them from bowling for much of the remainder of the 2007 season.

The 19-year-old pace duo begin their periods of rehabilitation this week with a view to initially returning to match action as batsmen.

Essex CCC Physio Mark Thomas issued the following statements on each player:

Mervyn Westfield

Mervyn has a stress fracture to his left L4 (fourth lumbar vertebra) par interarticularis. He will be unable to bowl for at least three months but will be able to continue to play as a batsman after one month’s rest.

Maurice Chambers

Maurice has a stress fracture to his left L3 (third lumbar vetebra) pedicle of his superior facet joint. He will be unable to bowl for at least three months but will be able to continue to play as a batsman after 1 months rest.

Meanwhile, there is brighter news for other Essex bowlers with Darren Thomas (shoulder), Alex Tudor (abdominal strain), Jahid Ahmed (back) and Tony Palladino (abdominal strain) all expected to be pushing for first-team selection in the near future (see Fitness Bulletin on the ECCC website home page at www.essexcricket.org.uk for more details).