Image courtesy of: Craig Kieswetter (@kiesy_22)
Somerset wicketkeeper Craig Kiestwetter was diagnosed with a broken nose and fractured cheekbone after he was struck by a bouncer during the first day of a County Championship match against Northamptonshire.
Kieswetter was hit by pace bowler David Willey and immediately fell to his knees as blood trickled down his face from a cut under his eye.
He was initially treated on the pitch before being helped to the dressing room and taken to hospital for scans.
Somerset chairman Andy Nash revealed that Kieswetter had suffered “serious but non-career threatening injuries”.
Speaking about his injury, Kieswetter, via his Twitter account, said: “I took keeping your ‘eye on the ball’ to a completely new level.”
“Craig has spent time at the local hospital and has undergone all the necessary tests and x-rays needed,” a statement said. “The latest results have shown a broken nose and a fractured cheekbone, which over the coming days will receive further attention by the necessary specialists.”
Somerset’s director of cricket, Dave Nosworthy, added: “Craig is in very safe and capable hands at this time. These freak cricketing accidents happen from time to time and I am confident with the right care that he will come through this setback. Naturally Craig will no longer take part in this match, and I am thus sure that you will all join in – in wishing Craig a speedy recovery.”