Chesney Hughes’ recovery from shoulder surgery is ahead of schedule after he returned to training last week.
The 22-year-old underwent a successful operation at the start of October on an injury which prevented him from bowling for a large share of the 2013 campaign.
He has since been working to a dedicated rehabilitation programme as he attempts to regain full fitness for the start of the new season.
Hughes has now rejoined his team-mates at the County Ground and says he’s pleased with how his recovery is going so far.
“It’s going well,” Hughes said. “I had my six week check-up a few weeks ago and basically I was told that I’m six weeks ahead in my recovery.
“I’m now back in training and I had my first net this week. I hit a few balls and it’s all feeling good.
“I faced the machine, nothing too heavy just around 70mph and I just tried to get my hands through a couple.
“I didn’t feel any soreness at all when I was hitting the ball so that’s a good sign. I knew I would be able to hit balls quite quickly; the big issue is when I will be able to bowl again.
“At the moment we’re still looking at around that four month period so that will take me to around January. I should be back bowling then.
“For now, I’m doing my soft tissue work with James Pipe in the evenings and trying to get my range of movement back to where it used to be.
“I’ve been given a range of targets I need to hit in terms of movement and the angles I need to rotate my shoulder. From there I will just build up my strength until I’m back to where I was before.”
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