David Sales is expected to miss the first part of the upcoming Friends Life t20 after a scan revealed a grade two hamstring tear.
It is cruel blow for both Sales and Northamptonshire, as head coach David Capel acknowledged, and it is another name to add to what is quickly becoming a worryingly long injury list.
He said: “It’s a grade two tear so he’s going to be out for a few weeks.
“He will miss a few games in the Twenty20 competition which is disappointing for him and for us because he’s a handy performer in that type of the game.
“It’s a pity because he’s been in really good form and playing like the quality player we know he is.”
But despite the diagnosis, Capel is hopeful that Sales will be able to return quicker than before when he suffered a similar injury.
He added: “It’s not the same hamstring and he’s walking a lot easier on it already than he did on the other one.
“He seems hopeful that he will be back on the field sooner rather than later but that’s in the hands of the physio and how quickly he heals.”
Two others who are missing from this week’s four-day game against Yorkshire at Headingley are seamers Jack Brooks and Chaminda Vaas.
The pair have back and hip problems respectively and Capel is eyeing a return for the duo, if not on Sunday, then for the visit of Essex in the Chamnpionship.
“This game came too soon for them and we’ll have to see if they’re in contention for Sunday,” he added.
“They’ve both had a bowl in the nets and felt comfortable and could possibly push for a place on Sunday but if not then next week will be the target.”