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Topley targets start of the season

Essex are confident left-arm seamer Reece Topley will be fit for the start of the 2014 county cricket season.

Reece Topley is aiming to be fit for the start of the season as he continues his rehab from a back injury sustained Down Under

The 19-year-old sustained an lower back injury while on duty with the England Performance Programme in Australia last month.

As a result he was unavailable for selection in the England Lions party that has just flown to Sri Lanka.

Topley, who took 48 LV= County Championship wickets last term at 28.41, is now undergoing a rehabilitation programme under the watchful eye of Essex’s lead physiotherapist Chris Clarke-Irons.

“I’m obviously disappointed to be injured but with the injury coming during the winter months it gives me enough time to prepare myself for the start of the season,” Topley said.

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