Van Zyl eyes up Sussex return

21 December 2018 07:50:44 EST

South African batsman Stiaan van Zyl is looking forward to returning to action next summer, having made good progress in recovering from a serious knee problem.

Left-hander Van Zyl featured in five first-class matches for Sussex last summer before being forced on to the sidelines by his knee issues, having topped 1,000 County Championship runs in his first season at Hove in 2017.

If I manage things correctly then I'll be fine I reckon.

Stiaan van Zyl

However, the 31-year-old is now back to close to full fitness, having spent the last few months back in his homeland undergoing rehabilitation.

He told his county's official website: "I had quite severe bruising on the bone in my knee that came about from the wear and tear of playing year in year out and not getting a lot of rest.

"But I don't have pain anymore and when I went for a scan a couple of weeks ago, the bruising had come down a lot.

"If I manage things correctly then I'll be fine I reckon. There's nothing else wrong in the knee - no cartilage or anything - it was just a severe bruising."

With Van Zyl absent from mid-May onwards, Sussex finished in their place in County Championship Division Two last summer, missing out on a promotion spot to Kent and Warwickshire.

In the T20 Blast they progressed all the way to the final, where they lost out by five wickets to Worcestershire, while in the Royal London Cup they finished one but bottom of the South Group.

Sussex are 7/2 to win County Championship Division Two next summer, with Middlesex 11/4 and Worcestershire 8/1.

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