Fidel Edwards has suffered a fractured right ankle after injuring himself during a football game in warm-ups ahead of the final day of Hampshire’s County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley.
Edwards was scheduled to see a specialist today to give a clearer idea of the length of time he faces on the sidelines but he is set to miss a considerable chunk of the season.
This morning he posted Instagram photos of himself in hospital in Leeds and said: “I broke my leg,” before thanking doctors for their help.
Hampshire had been evasive yesterday when asked to confirm that Edwards had joined a long list of county cricketers over the years to be injured in a football kickabout, preferring to call it a “running injury – not a football injury”.
Dale Benkenstein, Hampshire’s coach, was more forthcoming. “We were only 45 seconds away from the end of the game when Fidel went to kick the ball,” he said. “I was just about to get the mitts on for fielding practice when his foot got stuck in the turf and all his weight went over on it. There was no-one near him, it was a really freakish fall and there was a loud crack.”
Hampshire have suffered an extensive early-season injury list and will have to explore the loan market for extra resources.