John Sadler has been ruled out of the Leicestershire Foxes' Twenty20 Cup semi-final against the Somerset Sabres at the Brit Oval on Saturday.
John Sadler has been ruled out of Leicestershire Foxes' Twenty20 Cup semi-final against Somerset Sabres at the Brit Oval on Saturday.
A scan yesterday revealed that the talented left-hander has a fractured collar-bone, an injury sustained when he was struck by a delivery from Australian fast bowler Brett Lee in the recent tour match at Grace Road.
Initial X-rays taken immediately after he had received the blow showed no break and Sadler felt that he was close to playing in the Cup quarter-final against Middlesex last week.
But, with no significant improvement since then, he underwent a scan, revealing the damage which will rule him out of action for another couple of weeks.
Sadler has played a major part in the side's progress to their third successive Finals Day. He may not have been the most prolific batsman but his runs have come at an excellent rate at important times. He is also an asset in the field.
However, the Foxes proved have that they can cope without Sadler. James Allenby stepped into the side against Middlesex and it seems likely that he will retain his place at the Oval.
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