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Somerset dealt double injury blow

Somerset's bowling resources will be stretched after director of cricket Dave Nosworthy confirmed Craig Overton and Alfonso Thomas are set for lengthy spells on the sidelines. Nosworthy revealed to ecb.co.uk that all-rounder Overton has suffered a stress fracture in his back, while Thomas has been diagnosed with a hamstring tear. Overton, 19, will be able to bat within the next couple of weeks yet is unlikely to recommence bowling until after this campaign. Nosworthy said: “It is hard to say exactly how long he is out for; he has got a stress fracture in L5 in his back, and as we all know, these things take time; it is unlikely he will bowl again this season. “Batting is also part of his game, so it allows him time to get that sorted out, but we will not be in a rush to bring him back at any stage. We need to make sure the recovery stage runs its course.  “He will start batting in the next couple of weeks. We are not in a massive rush as he is in the squad as a front-line bowler.” Thomas, pictured, will be out for around a month, representing a further blow to Somerset - who have yet to win in the LV= County Championship this season. “I don't think there is any panic whatsoever from our point of view," added Nosworthy, when asked about his side's start to the season. "There are 10 games left, so there is a lot of time left for us, and we just need to start playing some consistent cricket; that’s the most important hurdle for us to first get over. “We need to be a little more consistent in our style of play and the rest will tend to look after itself, so looking too far down the line is always dangerous. “We have been in positions to take the game away from other teams, but we have gone from playing quality cricket to playing very poor cricket in the past couple of weeks. "It has been very up and down, and that is why we need to try and find some consistency so that we can get into that position again to get the results.  “If you start saying we need to get results, pressure and panic can set in.”