Gloucestershire bowler Ian Saxelby confident injury problems are behind him
Gloucestershire bowler Ian Saxelby is confident of being fully fit for the start of the county cricket season after recovering from a shoulder injury.
The 23-year-old seamer has experienced more discomfort from the right shoulder that caused him to miss the entire 2010 campaign after he dislocated it twice and underwent surgery.
But Saxelby has made a full recovery and is optimistic his injury problems are now behind him.
“I did have a bit of a niggle in my right shoulder, but I have just come back from a week’s holiday and everything feels fine,” declared Saxelby, who missed the end of last season after suffering a knee injury.
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He added: “Before I went away I did some work with the physio and I hope to be back all guns blazing within a week or so.
“I don’t think the problem was anything to worry about and I expect to be strong going into outside nets and the pre-season games.
“Because of the injuries I have had with my shoulder there may always be niggles with it, But I can deal with that and I’m looking forward to being fully fit and ready for the start of the season.
“My knee feels fine and there is no particular discomfort to report. Again there is the odd niggle, but nothing I can’t cope with.”
Given the competition for places within the squad, Saxelby acknowledges the importance of being available for selection when Gloucestershire open their LV=County CHampionship Second Division campaign against Essex at Chelmsford on April 10.
Saxelby said: “By then, I hope to be fully switched on because, with the squad we have, there is going to be fierce competition for places.
“I’ll know more about my condition when I start running and bowling outside, but I’m optimistic I will come through that okay and be ready for the opening games.”