Kabir Ali will miss next month's start of the county season with a knee injury.
The fast bowler, who has not travelled with his new Lancashire team-mates on their pre-season tour to Dubai, suffered the injury bowling at the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 competition last month.
Ali, who has played one Test match and 14 one-day internationals for England, underwent an exploratory arthroscopy last week. He is due to return to see the specialist after Easter once the swelling has subsided.
Although he will miss the LV= County Championship opener against his first county Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford on April 10, the Red Rose medics are optimistic that his return to action will not be too long afterwards.
He is back at Old Trafford under the supervision of the club’s medical services director Dave Roberts.
“He jarred his knee in the foot holes during his time in Bangladesh,” confirmed Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson at this morning’s net session at the ICC’s Global Cricket Academy in Dubai Sports City.
“When he came back to us and started training indoors, it began to swell up. He went to see the surgeon for an arthroscopy midway through last week, and he will have to go and see him again. We’re hopeful it is nothing too serious.”
Fellow winter recruit Wayne White was amongst those training in the desert sun. The former Leicestershire man only returned to England on Thursday after a winter’s club cricket in Australia, so this was his first net session with his new team-mates.
The squad will net again tomorrow afternoon before playing a Twenty20 match against Sussex at the Sevens ground on Thursday morning (6am UK). The Lightning will then face a Fly Emirates XI in the first semi-final of the Emirates Airline T20 competition at the same venue and time on Friday morning.
Should they win that, they will play either the MCC, boosted by Indian Test legend Rahul Dravid, or Sussex in the final later in the day.
Coach Peter Moores said: “It was good to be back outside, and I was really pleased with the lads. The facilities were brilliant. We had three surfaces, and it was the first time I have played on a pitch which has synthetic grass growing through it. There were two normal grass pitches set up as English pitches, which they can do here.
“The one the spinners were bowling on was a clay pitch with synthetic grass growing through it. It turns and plays very much like a sub-continent pitch. We’ll go and do the same tomorrow with more of a one-day feel to it. Today had a four-day feel about it.
“We will be trying to win all the practice games, but we also want to give opportunities to as many people in our squad as we can do. Whatever side we put out on the field is talented enough to win every game.”
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