Tony Palladino has revealed he is targeting the next LV= County Championship fixture for his long-awaited return.
The 30-year-old has been out of action for three months with an abdominal injury, last appearing in Derbyshire’s four-day fixture against Somerset at the end of June.
The paceman, however, has been working hard off-the-field and is now eyeing the side’s Championship fixture with Middlesex (Tuesday, 20th August) at the County Ground for his likely return.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Palladino said. “I had a good couple of days training in Sussex and I am hoping to get back bowling flat out this week.
“If all goes well, I am hoping to be available for selection for the next Championship fixture. We obviously won our last game, so I don’t know if Krikk will want to change the team or not, but I will try my best to make myself available and I will be raring to go if selected.
“It has been a frustrating season so far for me. It was after the Somerset game, in which I was returning from an earlier injury, that I tweaked something. I felt that I had bowled and batted quite well in that game against Somerset too. But having been out for a large chunk of the campaign and then to get injured straight after was hard.
“Since then I have been working hard in the gym, but all the time you want to be out playing. When you get injured, which happens as a bowler, you're always chomping at the bit to get back playing and I can’t wait to get back out there."
The news of the imminent return of Palladino comes a day after Derbyshire secured their first Championship victory of the season against Sussex at Hove. The paceman, who was with the squad throughout the three days, was delighted with the side's performance and believes the win can help kick-start the county's four-day campaign.
“It was great to get our first win against Sussex," he added. "To beat the side second in the table on their own patch was a great effort.
“The lads put in a tremendous performance, especially the two young lads making their debuts. I thought they bowled really well. And Groenewald does what he always does. He was consistent and got the rewards in this game. While Mads, who has been outstanding all season, was once again a rock with the bat. So, it was a really good all-round team performance and I was just really happy to be there to watch it firsthand.
"We now go into the Middlesex fixture with the confidence that we can compete and do well against the top sides, and if we can win three or four of the remaining fixtures then we will be in with a shout of staying in the division."
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