Foxes tyro misses three months

Leicestershire's preparations for the new season have been hit by the news that all-rounder Shiv Thakor has been ruled out for three months.

The 20-year-old has had surgery on a finger he broke earlier this week fielding for England Under-19s during the recent tour of South Africa.

The injury was managed by the national team and was expected to heal naturally, but an operation to re-set the bone was required.

However, the surgery was unsuccessful and a second operation was required this week.

"We are really disappointed that Shiv will not be available for the start of the season but it is important that the injury is sorted out," Leicestershire's director of cricket Phil Whitticase said on the team's official website.

He made 671 first-class runs at 31.95 and also contributed well in one-day and T20 cricket as a bowler last season.

Leicestershire's LV= County Championship Division Two campaign kicks off against Derbyshire at Grace Road on April 6.