Wednesday, July 10th, 2024

Patient game for Leach after undergoing knee injection

Head Coach Alan Richardson says patient will be the name of the game after Worcestershire all-rounder Joe Leach had an injection in his troublesome knee.

Richardson says it will be a case of “wait and see” as to whether Leach can return for the final block of Vitality Championship matches.

He is aware Leach “is desperate to get out there and play” in the same way as Club Captain, Brett D’Oliveira, with his frozen shoulder.

But Richardson said will be a case of waiting to see whether Worcestershire’s leading strike bowler for the past decade can return in August-September when there are five Championship matches.

Richardson said: “Joe has had an injection and we are waiting to see what effect that has.

“He’ll possible be back for the block of games at the end of the season. The injection has had an effect of sorts.

“Fingers crossed it is a good effect and he can be available for the last games as well but we will see how that sits.

“We are going to have to be patient. We know Joe is another one who is desperate to get out there but we will have to bide our time.”

Leach underwent knee surgery in January and, despite not being 100 per cent match fit after playing catch-up with pre-season work, has played in seven of the eight Championship matches this summer.

He has taken 14 wickets and moved past the 450 work in first class cricket for Worcestershire.