Somerset vice-captain Andy Caddick has returned to training following surgery on his back on Christmas Eve.
Caddick will not play any competitive cricket until April
The 39-year-old former England seam bowler ended last season in pain after leading Somerset back to the First Division of the County Championship.
He said: "My surgeon gave me the all-clear to start training again and I have been swimming every day since.
"I will be going back to see him for my next check-up in six weeks time, just before we fly out to Abu Dhabi."