Essex have revealed the extent of injuries to key all-rounders Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier. Dutch international ten Doeschate tore his calf muscle during a Friends Provident t20 game against Somerset and he will remain on the sidelines for a further six to eight weeks but the outlook is worse for Napier, whose season is already over. He has suffered a stress fracture to his back.
“Having missed out on nearly the whole of the Friends Provident t20 campaign this comes as a real blow," Napier told the club's official website (www.essexcricket.org.uk).
"It will have to be a long and patient recovery, I now need to allow the back to settle and heal over the next twelve weeks. If the healing process goes well I would look to be able to start playing cricket again in December, otherwise it will be at the beginning of the 2011 domestic season. All I can do now is support the team from the sidelines in our quest to become Twenty20 champions."
Head coach Paul Grayson added: “Both injuries are obviously a setback to our campaign. Ryan was having the season of his life and was really enjoying his cricket. Graham, never really got a consistent spell in the side this season after being hampered by injury. However, when fit, Napier is as good as anyone with bat and ball.
"Injuries are of course part of professional sport, and since these injuries the team have found that extra desire to win. These two injuries, whilst a blow to the side, give opportunities to other squad players to show their worth in front of huge crowds at Chelmsford. This is now the business end of the season, we now have to deal with the situation and we remain confident that we can continue to compete and entertain in all formats of the game for the remainder of the season."
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