Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has confirmed he will need to undergo surgery after suffering a serious facial injury while batting against Northamptonshire - but says there will be no lasting damage to his eye.
The 26-year-old sustained a fractured cheekbone and broken nose after being hit by a David Willey bouncer during the opening day of Somerset's LV= County Championship clash at Wantage Road on Saturday.
Kieswetter went to hospital yesterday for tests where the extent of his injuries were confirmed and today he gave an update to his situation.
Injury update: broken nose and a fractured orbital socket. Surgery is required but thankfully no lasting damage to the eye..
— Craig Kieswetter (@kiesy_22) July 14, 2014
Kieswetter was forced to retire against Northamptonshire after a short ball from Willey went through the gap above the grill on his helmet and struck him flush on the right eye.
It is not known how long Kieswetter will be absent for, with replacement wicketkeeper Alex Barrow taking his place behind the stumps in the current fixture.
— Craig Kieswetter (@kiesy_22) July 13, 2014