Marcus Trescothick will be back playing for Somerset as early as next Tuesday, despite original fears he would be sidelined by injury.
The 37-year-old will miss tonight's Friends Life Twenty20 derby against Gloucestershire, but scans have revealed his injury is not as severe as initially thought.
Trescothick was hurt whilst scoring a single off the first ball of the innings during his sides fixture against Northamptonshire last Wednesday.
But the former England batsman, who Somerset will most certainly welcome back with relief, is expected to make a quick recovery.
His side travel to Edgbaston next Tuesday to face Warwickshire, and Somerset are hoping their captain will be amongst the starters.
Director of cricket for Somerset, David Nosworthy said: "Marcus has had a scan and it has shown nothing serious. There is just a little bit of ligament irritation and we will see how he is over the next week or so from a rehab point of view.
"But there is no break and no snapped cartilage or tendon. He will have a bit of rest and rehab, and hopefully by next week he will be back in the mix. We are not rushing him, and he will definitely miss the two T20 games this weekend. But if he progresses as we hope, he could play a part for us next week."
Although Trescothick's absence is undoubtedly a blow for Somerset, the side have won their last two T20 fixtures without him and will travel to Gloucestershire tonight with high expectations.
Nosworthy added: "It is tough playing away from home, where there are different conditions, so adaptability is going to be crucial for us, not just at Bristol, but in all three of our remaining group games," added Nosworthy.
"If we can take the same energy and discipline into these three games that we have shown in our last two, then there is no reason why we can't get across the line."
Fans of Somerset will be hoping their talismanic skipper can return by next week, which would be a boost to the side in a crucial game against Warwickshire.
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