Keogh set to miss rest of county season with finger injury

Rob Keogh, the Northamptonshire all-rounder, is set to miss the remainder of England’s domestic season after suffering a finger injury. The 26-year-old, who snapped a tendon in his finger, will need to wear a splint to restrict any movement for the next 12 weeks.

“The splint will keep the finger still – because if it bends in the first eight weeks, the process will have to start again,” Keogh said. “It will then need to go into another cast for a further four weeks, so that takes us nearly to the end of the season.

The injury means that Keogh will miss Northamptonshire’s T20 Blast campaign, which gets underway fromJuly 4. “I’m absolutely gutted to be missing so much cricket, especially the Twenty20. I had one of my better seasons personally in the competition last year. All the players enjoy T20 – trying to get to finals day with that terrific atmosphere. It’s hugely disappointing that I won’t be involved this time – although obviously I’ll be supporting the rest of the team and doing a bit of radio commentary as we look to win the trophy again.”

Speaking about Keogh’s injury, Northamptonshire head coach David Ripley said: “I feel for Rob because his season hasn’t really got going with injury through the pre-season period, and now another injury that’s ended his campaign.

“He’s started his spell on the sidelines with a very positive response in how he can still continue to work on his bowling – and as also support the rest of the lads in practice and pre-match preparation. We will certainly miss his all-round contributions in both the T20 and Championship cricket but we’re sure he’ll make a full recovery,” Ripley said.

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