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Injury Update: Marcus and Jack

Somerset are currently without Marcus Trescothick and Jack Leach who are both unavailable for selection due to injury.

Marcus suffered a broken metatarsal whilst batting against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford whilst Jack sustained a broken thumb in the nets during the recent home match against Hampshire.

We caught up with Head of Science and Medicine, Jamie Thorpe who brought us up to date with how the pair are getting on.

“Marcus had his operation a week ago and it’s very much a case of so far so good,” said Jamie. “Obviously, we haven’t been able to do a huge amount with him over the last few days, but he’s been following the surgeon’s advice. He’s currently wearing a protective boot and for two weeks he isn’t allowed to put any weight on it. That will allow the fracture to start healing around the screw that’s been put in to the bone. After that it will be a further two weeks of partial weight baring. He will still be in the boot, but this stage will start giving the bone some stimulation in order to help it heal more effectively. After that he will come out of the boot and we will be able to do a lot more with him from a physio point of view and begin a more vigorous rehab programme.”

“He always wants to be doing something. He wants to be active and he wants to start out on the road to recovery. It’s quite hard for someone like Marcus to hear us saying that the best thing he can do is just sit back with his feet up and allow the body to carry out its natural healing process. He’s doing really well so far and is following the surgeon’s advice diligently.

“Jack is a week down the line after suffering his fracture. He has seen a specialist who is happy that the fracture is stable. He now needs a period of immobilisation which is why he has a cast on his thumb which gives it the best chance of healing in the right position. The important thing for Jack is that it heals with no complications, because that will be really important to his bowling moving forwards.”

“Much like Marcus, there isn’t a great deal we can do with him at the moment and he just has to follow the consultants advice. He will continue with a strength and conditioning programme but it has been modified because he obviously can’t hold a bar properly at the moment. Our philosophy is about focusing on what they can do and not what they can’t do, so both Jack and Marcus will be doing work with us this week, it’s just been tailored to suit their current needs.

“Both of them will also be using the oxygen chamber at the MS therapy centre in Bristol. This will give them a higher volume of oxygen for a period of time which is designed to improve the pace of the healing process.”

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