Somerset’s planning for the new season have been dealt a blow with the news that veteran paceman Steve Kirby is to undergo ankle surgery which will keep him out of action for at least 6 weeks.
Kirbs underwent a shoulder operation after last season and was apparently doing well with his rehabilitation throughout the winter and was expected to feature from the start of the new campaign. But following specialist advice Kirby will now go under the knife.
It is a blow for the club as Kirbs is one of a select few senior pace bowlers available for the team to add experience to an otherwise youthful attack.
It is a blow for Kirby himself who told the club’s official website: “I am very disappointed by this because its been a tough winter for me. It is the first time in 19 years that I haven’t been able to start a season.
“However cricket throws up challenges all the time and it is about how you respond to them. I am very excited about getting back to show that I still have a lot to offer.”
Kirbs is one of those “never say die” characters and a huge presence in the dressing room and you wouldn’t bet against him being back sooner rather than later fighting for club & cause.
Everyone at the Incider wishes Kirbs well in his rehab!