Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell set to return for injury-plagued Warwickshire

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England duo Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are available for Warwickshire’s match against Sussex – handy reinforcements given the Bears’ current injury crisis.

But skipper Jim Troughton is understood to still be struggling after landing awkwardly on his shoulder trying to take a catch against Durham nearly a fortnight ago.

Troughton has been joined in the treatment room by Ian Westwood (ankle), Keith Barker (side strain) and Rikki Clarke (hamstring), with none expected to feature against Sussex.

The captain told BBC Sport: “It’s touch and go for me and Clarkey, who’s struggling with his hamstring.

“But Bell and Trott coming in will be handy and Boyd Ranking will be fit."

Warwickshire looked destined to suffer their first Championship defeat for almost a year, but the Bears’ last pair stood firm to salvage a hard-fought draw from their match against Somerset.

“We’ve had some serious games of crickets against these guys over the last couple of years,” Troughton reflected.

“But we were champions for a reason. We batted well in the second innings and, although the three points we got for a draw seems small reward right now, we’ll go to Hove in good nick.”

Warwickshire have recently beaten Durham and Oxford in the last month and have every right to be confident ahead of their match in Hove, which begins tomorrow.

Sussex though, have registered a win and a draw from their first two Division One fixtures and represent tough opposition for the Bears’ threadbare squad.

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