Amjad facing month on sidelines

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Amjad Khan & Francois Du Plessis

Kent are unlikely to have Amjad Khan (left) leading their attack in the opening month of the new season

England and Kent fast bowler Amjad Khan will miss the start of the county season with the knee injury that forced him out of the West Indies tour.

Amjad, 28, does not require surgery on his cartilage, but faces a “four to six week” lay-off, according to Kent's official website.

Kent cricket manager Simon Willis said: "It's the same knee, but a different injury. He had an MRI scan before he left the West Indies.

"It's very disappointing for Amjad because he has worked so hard to get where he has.

"It's too early to talk about a return date. There's inflammation of the knee."

Amjad, the former Denmark international, made his Test debut in the final Test in Trinidad, taking 1-122 in the drawn match.

He also played in the Twenty20 international at the Queen’s Park Oval, but has not featured in the subsequent five-match one-day series.

Kent chief executive Paul Millman added: “We are obviously most concerned for Amjad.

"We have been in regular contact with Dr Nick Peirce, the ECB’s chief medical officer, with regard to the nature of the injury and in conjunction with the ECB we are ensuring that Amjad is receiving the best possible medical advice.

“It is too early to comment on the extent of the injury and I know everyone at the club wishes him well.”

The injury would appear to rule Amjad out of Kent’s first three LV= County Championship matches, against Northamptonshire, Essex and Glamorgan, and the group stages of the Friends Provident Trophy.

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