Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lancs'Smith Speeds Up Long Road to Recovery

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lancs'Smith Speeds Up Long Road to Recovery

Article excerpt

LANCASHIRE'S Tom Smith is ahead of schedule in his fight to recover from a serious back injury.

But Red Rose head coach Ashley Giles insists the club are still taking it slowly with the former captain to ensure he doesn't suffer a repeat of the problem.

Smith missed all but one game last season as his first campaign as skipper was ruined by a bulging disc which, in the end, needed surgery.

Since then, he has endured a gruelling and frustrating rehab programme - as well as giving up the captaincy to concentrate on his battle to get back on the pitch.

And Giles has revealed that all-rounder Smith (above) is back in the nets batting and has also been bowling.

But there is no guarantees he will be ready for the start of the season in April.

"Tom is going really well," said Giles. …

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