Wait and see over whether Willey plays again

Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey’s season may, or may not, be over.

By Jim Lyon
Thursday, 19th September 2013, 2:19 pm
David Willey
David Willey

A back problem kept the 23-year-old out of the LV= County Championship match currently taking place against Kent.

That leaves just one more fixture - the final Championship encounter at Worcester next week - to come.

And the County’s head coach David Ripley says they will assess both the club’s situation and Willey’s fitness before deciding whether to call on his services again this summer.

“David has a hotspot in his back,” Ripley said. “It’s a very mild one but, because it is not a muscular problem, it is not recovering as quickly as it might.

“We will have a look at him next week and see how he is.

“But we will also see how we come out of this game (against Kent).

“We wouldn’t ask him to put himself through it if there were only a couple of points needed at Worcester.

“But if he has improved and we still need a big performance then we might look at including him.

“It will be a case of seeing how things develop with him and the team over the next few days or so.”