All-rounder Tim Bresnan could be available for Yorkshire early in the new season after he completed a second operation on the right elbow problem that has troubled him for the last two years.
The 27-year-old was ruled out of England’s current tour of New Zealand with the injury and has spent the last week in Minnesota, where he had extra bone and scar tissue removed by highly-respected surgeon Dr Shawn O’Driscoll.
Bresnan underwent his first operation in 2011 but has struggled to recapture his best form since and now faces a six-to-eight-week rehabilitation programme, which Yorkshire hope will make him available to them early in the new season.
“We always like welcoming back our international players to Yorkshire,” admitted Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire’s head coach.
“We wish Tim well with his rehabilitation and we will work closely with the ECB to ensure he has the best possible recovery.
"If all goes to plan, we could see him playing competitive cricket again at the start of the new season.”
England commitments restricted Bresnan to only four championship matches last summer, but he could potentially play championship matches against Sussex, Durham, Derbyshire and Somerset before the opening Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on May 16.
While Yorkshire hope to have Bresnan available for the start of the summer, they have confirmed that seamer Oliver Hannon-Dalby has left the club to join Warwickshire after impressing on trial at Edgbaston.
“As opportunities for Oliver to play first XI cricket at Yorkshire this season are likely to be limited and given the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract, it was agreed that we would allow him to explore potential options elsewhere,” said Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket.
“With that in mind, he has spent the last few weeks training at Warwickshire and, although I have some sadness that Oliver is leaving us, I am delighted that he is being given an opportunity to further his career.”