Yorkshire’s Azeem Rafiq sidelined for six weeks with knee injury

Yorkshire spin bowler Azeem Rafiq is set to be sidelined for six weeks due to a knee injury

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey

Azeem Rafiq is set to be sidelined for the next six weeks after the Yorkshire spinner suffered a knee injury.

Rafiq, who played in the county’s season opener against Sussex, as well as last week’s Roses friendly, is likely to miss five games, including Wednesday’s clash with Durham at Chester-le-Street.

The 22-year-old complained of discomfort around the knee and a scan on Friday revealed that he will have to sit out for at least six weeks so the Yorkshire medical team can assess the injury and help the player return to full fitness.

“Raf has been complaining of a niggle to his knee, which has caused him some discomfort in recent weeks,” physio Scot McAllister told Yorkshire’s website.

“We decided to send him for a scan on Friday, which revealed that he has a problem with his knee. We will now implement a full rehabilitation programme with a view to getting him back to full fitness within the next six weeks.”

Rafiq, who captained Yorkshire t20 team last season, said: “I’m really disappointed to be missing out, with the season just getting under way.

“As a professional, all you want to do is play and to be sat on the sidelines for the next few weeks is going to be very frustrating. I’m going to work hard on my rehab with the medical team and hope to be back in action early June.”

The off-spinner took 26 wickets in ten Championship matches for the county last year and his absence will be a blow for coach Jason Gillespie but the injury gives out of favour all-rounder Adil Rashid the opportunity to work his way back into the first-team.

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