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JAMES FRANKLIN fears Mid­dle­sex team­mate Adam Voges’ lat­est in­jury may prove as bad as it first ap­peared.

The for­mer Aus­tralian vice-cap­tain pulled up sharply af­ter pop­ping a calf tak­ing a sin­gle in last week­end’s turgid draw with Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion One base­ment boys Som­er­set at Lord’s.

He had to be helped from the field and took no fur­ther part in the match, leav­ing skip­per Franklin sweating on the re­sults of a scan yes­ter­day.

De­ci­sions on whether to re­cruit a re­place­ment for the overseas ace will de­pend on the ex­tent of the dam­age.

While Franklin hopes such dras­tic steps will not be nec­es­sary, ex­pe­ri­ence tells him one of his bat­ting lynch­pins may be sit­ting out a cru­cial pe­riod, start­ing with Fri­day’s trip to face Lan­cashire at South­port.

“We face a lot of cricket over the next few weeks but de­ci­sions on any re­place­ment will have to wait un­til we know the ex­tent of Adam’s in­jury,” he said. “We just wanted to wait for a bit of swelling to go down be­fore they chuck him un­der the scan and re­ally find out what is go­ing on.

“I think we are rea­son­ably wor­ried though. It is never great when a bats­man flicks a ball off his hip and ba­si­cally within one pace pulls up pretty sharply.

“Read­ing be­tween the lines, I don’t think there is a lot of hope there that he will be fit in the next few weeks.”

Un­wel­come as that news is, as al­ways in sport, one man’s in­jury is another’s op­por­tu­nity and Paul Stir­ling may be the man to step into the breach.

The Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional made the most of a rare call-up to first team du­ties, scor­ing a half-cen­tury against Som­er­set.

With Dawid Malan due to re­turn from Eng­land Lions duty and Sam Rob­son ex­pected to re­cover from the ham­string prob­lem which has side­lined him for five weeks, it should have been a fleet­ing mo­ment in the spot­light.

How­ever, if as ex­pected Voges is ruled out, Stir­ling is likely to vie with an out-of-sorts Nick Compton for the re­main­ing spot.

Gary Day/Getty Im­ages

No stranger to dan­ger: Adam Voges sinks to his knees af­ter be­ing hit on the head play­ing for West­ern Aus­tralia last win­ter

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