Derbyshire batting all-rounder Chesney Hughes expects to be fully fit for the start of the new season, including being able to bowl, after undergoing shoulder surgery last weekend.
The 22-year-old suffered the injury early in the 2013 campaign, preventing him from bowling for the remainder of the summer.
Hughes, a left-arm spinner, successfully underwent surgery last Saturday morning and will now begin a dedicated rehabilitation programme as he aims to be fit ahead of the new season.
“I spoke to the doctor straight after the operation and he said everything had gone well,” he told Derbyshire’s website. “It was successful so now it’s just about getting back fit and strong.
“I had to get the injury sorted out and straight after the end of the season was the best time. Now I can work hard over the winter to make sure I’m fully fit for the start of the new campaign.
“I will now be in my sling, day and night, for the next six weeks which will allow it to heal. After that I will gradually get back into the strength work. This will be over the next four or five months until I’m back to full strength.
“There’s a lot of work ahead of me but I’m confident I can get the work done to be fully fit by April.”