Adam Rossington will miss at least the next four weeks of action with a broken thumb, Northamptonshire Cricket has announced today.

The 25-year-old has been a mainstay of the Northamptonshire team in both the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One Day Cup this season, but suffered the injury in the 2nd XI Twenty20 match against Birmingham Bears on Monday, July 2nd that both teams were using as a warm-up for the Vitality Blast campaign.

Head coach David Ripley says that Rossington will be a big loss for the Steelbacks in the Twenty20 competition.

“It’s unfortunate that Adam has suffered this injury,” he said. “He is a powerful batsman in the Twenty20 and is one of the leaders in the side.

“While we’ve had a few players come back from injury recently we still have a few who are on the treatment table, and Adam is going to be a big miss in the early stages of the Vitality Blast. We’re hopeful that he’ll be back in time for our final few games, but obviously his rehabilitation has to come first.

“It will give an opportunity to Ricardo Vasconcelos, who has experience as a wicketkeeper and is in great form with the bat, and we’ve got confidence in his abilities.”

Rossington says that he is disappointed to be missing large parts of the Vitality Blast campaign.

“We’d been playing well as a group over the past few weeks and I was looking forward to the Twenty20, which is a format of the sport that we’ve done well in in the past few years,” he said.

“I’m really disappointed that I’m not going to be able to contribute for the majority of the campaign. We’ve got a small squad at the County Ground and we’re close as a group of players, and I’ll be doing everything I can to get back fit and on the field as quickly as I can.”