WORCESTERSHIRE hope Ben Twohig will be fit for the start of the 2020 campaign after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear.

The left-arm spinner will have surgery next week before starting rehab work with the County for the next six to nine months.

He will work with head of science and sports medicine Ben Davies and strengthening and conditioning coach Ross Dewar with the aim of being ready for pre-season training in 2020 if all goes to plan.

Twohig played in seven County Championship Division One matches during 2018 in a breakthrough season for the 20-year-old.

Davies said: “Ben Twohig had an MRI scan last week which confirmed a diagnosis of an anterior cruciate ligament tear.

“He is due to have surgery on April 16, an arthroscopic procedure, and will then follow rehab for the next six to nine months.

“Ben will undergo the rehab programme with a view to hopefully taking part in pre-season next year for the 2020 season and hitting the ground running."

Worcestershire CEO Matt Rawnsley, himself a former left-arm spinner with the County, worked with Twohig at various stages of last summer and presented him with his colours on his debut against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

He said: “Obviously for Ben to get this injury is extremely disappointing for him and the club.

“Our medical team is committed to the rehab stage and will endeavour to get him back fit again as soon as possible.”