Leyland cricket captain David Makinson is awaiting the result of a crucial scan on his back, but admits he’s likely to miss the start of the season.
The veteran has been struggling with sciatica for much of the year, which is causing a constant pain down his leg.
He underwent an MRI scan at the weekend at Royal Preston Hospital and expects the results this week.
Makinson says he needs a ‘miracle cure’ to take to the field this Saturday against Fleetwood as the Fox Lane outfit defend the Northerm League title they won last season.
South African professional Brett Pelser, who is due to land on Wednesday, is set to take to take charge of a slightly weakened team.
Opener Luis Reece is likely to be missing because of Leeds/Bradford UCCE action, but promising teenage batsman Henry Thompson will be available.
Makinson said: “We need to get the results of the scan to find out exactly what is wrong. I’m hoping it will just need an injection.
“It’s sciatica, but we don’t know what’s causing that. It could be a disc, but I’m hoping it’s not that.”
Makinson said Pelser would make an excellent understudy.
“He lands on Wednesday and he’s arranged a net for the evening,” he said.
“I spoke to Brett last week and he can’t wait to start.
“We’ve about 14 or 15 players in for contention for a first team spot.”