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Sonny Baker: Injury Update

It’s been a frustrating winter for Somerset fast bowler, Sonny Baker.

The 19-year-old impressed for the County during the 2021 Royal London Cup and was rewarded with his first professional contract.

Unfortunately, the Devonian was forced to sit out the Under 19 World Cup after suffering a back injury.

SCCC Head of Science & Medicine, Jamie Thorpe brings us up to date with regards to Sonny’s condition.

“Sonny came back from the Under 19 World Cup after experiencing some back pain and subsequent scans confirmed that he had a lumbar stress fracture,” he explained. “Therefore, Sonny has been shut down for the last eight weeks to ensure that we are giving the fracture the best possible chance of healing effectively.”

There has been good news for Sonny this week, as Jamie outlined. “He had a further scan this week and has seen a specialist, and everyone is happy with the progress of his healing. Sonny can now remove the brace that he has been wearing for the last eight weeks, which has been supporting his spine and limiting his movement. This will give him some greater freedom moving into his rehabilitation programme. For someone who is as fit and active as Sonny, wearing a support brace for eight weeks has been quite tough.”

What will the next steps be?

“With regards to his rehabilitation programme, we will ensure that he comes back at the right time and that the fracture is completely healed. It’s essential that we get him to a position where his body can again tolerate the demands of fast bowling.

“We will take his rehab month by month and see how he progresses. I think it would be unfair to put a timeframe on things. He may respond quicker than we expect and we need to be flexible. The key thing is that we are doing the right thing for Sonny in the long term. Hopefully, he will have a long career and we want to make sure that he is fit and available for selection for as much of that as possible.

“Sonny is a very diligent professional and the way he has handled the situation has been superb.”

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