Kiesy back in training and raring to go!

Kies2Somerset’s Craig Kieswetter is back in full training earlier than expected and is raring to start playing again, following the horrific injury he sustained earlier this season.

The good news is he has made a complete recovery after being hit in the face by a short-pitched ball from David Willey while batting against Northamptonshire in mid-July.

Craig took time out this week to thank Somerset fans for the enormous support they have given him, which he said had left him feeling “extremely humbled”.

Following his injury, Craig underwent surgery on his broken nose and shattered cheekbone. Thankfully there is no lasting damage and he is now fully fit and hopes to return to the Somerset side before the end of the season.

Kiessy injuryFans will be really pleased to have Kiesy back. He has been much missed on the field, especially in the limited overs competitions after making such a huge contribution in the early part of the T20 campaign.

But most importantly, supporters will be relieved he’s made a good recovery after such a serious injury. He received a warm welcome from spectators as he practiced in the nets during the lunch intervals at last week’s home game against Northamptonshire.

Speaking to the official club website this week, Craig said: “It has been a tough couple of months for me but I have recovered well, in fact I’m back a bit earlier than expected which is really encouraging.

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“I started cricket training last week and getting back into the groove of things after having the time out.

“The extent of the injury was quite severe and mentally it has been quite a tough injury so it has been really good to get back into the fold again.

“Although the break is good especially with the schedule the way it is, it has built up the passion again and the drive to want to be playing so I will be really looking to make an impact on things when I return.

“In T20 cricket over the last two years I have been enjoying the way that I have been playing all around the world and it has been really good. Sitting on the sidelines has been frustrating and mentally it has been quite a challenge to try and stay upbeat.

Kiesy continued: “On the flip side however it has given some of the younger guys a chance to step up and bed into the team and Alex Barrow has taken over and done a great job. He has been really solid with both the bat and gloves and this opportunity has given him the chance to have an extended run, which is not only a good thing for him but also for the development of the club as well.

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Looking forward to the rest of the season Craig said: “The squad know that we are basically out of the championship race now, but for us as a team we can end the season on a high in these last two games. We can make an impact and hopefully in our last game at home against Middlesex we can give our supporters who have been outstanding throughout the year a final hoorah.

“For the players there is still a lot of pride to play for so it is a real test of character for us, especially with everything that has been going on to finish on a high for everyone involved with Somerset.

He added: “Finally I’d like to thank everyone for their very kind well wishes and messages! It’s been an extremely humbling experience to have felt such care from everyone.”