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Leicestershire star Paul Nixon likely to miss opener

Paul Nixon
Nixon began his professional career in 1987

Veteran Leicestershire star Paul Nixon faces surgery on a twisted knee and only has an "outside chance" of being fit for the start of the season.

The former England wicket-keeper, 40, needs an exploratory operation.

Coach Phil Whitticase told BBC Radio Leicester: "We are optimistic on four weeks which will give him an outside chance of being fit for day one."

Leicestershire start their County Championship season with a home game against Glamorgan on Friday, 8 April.

Nixon, who signed a new deal at Grace Road in October, will continue to play as a batsmen this term with Tom New carrying on the wicket-keeping duties.

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