Tresco back in "six weeks"
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose insists it was vital for Marcus Trescothick to undergo ankle surgery to prolong his career.
The Taunton skipper will be out of action for at least six weeks after injuring his ankle while fielding in Somerset's Championship clash with Nottinghamshire on Friday. It is the same ankle that caused the former England opener to miss the final three Championship games of last season and there is clearly a weakness within the joint that needs to be addressed. The hard-hitting left-hander underwent scans and, after consultation with the medical staff, it was deemed that surgery was the best option to try and cure the problem for good to ensure that Trescothick can continue his career. It is not known exactly how long the 36-year-old will be out of action for but, as Rose told BBC Somerset, there was no other option than to go under the surgeon's knife. "We had the scans back this morning and, with a consultant appointment at two o'clock, it was quickly ascertained that he needed an operation as soon we can do it, and that it's very very likely that he could be out for about a minimum of six to seven weeks," he said. "It's the same area - he's got a recurring problem and that's why we've really got to deal with it now, because otherwise it would be career-threatening if we don't do it. Trescothick retired from international cricket six years ago but continues to be one of the top batsmen in the domestic game and Somerset will be a weaker side in his absence. But the season has only just started and there is plenty of cricket to be played in the various formats and Rose is hopeful that the man nicknamed 'Banger' will be back for the county's Twenty20 campaign in mid-June. "I think the first target could be 13 June, the start of the T20 competition, that would be ideal he could," he added. "If not, we'll have to take judgements as we go along in terms of how his injury is healing."