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Josh Poysden ruled out for the season with fractured skull

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Yorkshire leg-spinner Josh Poysden has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2019 county season after receiving a nasty blow to the head during a training session.

The 27 year-old who joined Yorkshire in 2018 was struck on the head while bowling in a net session. He suffered internal bleeding, bruising on the brain and fractured skull but is expected to make a full recovery.

“I was just throwing at one of the lads and they whacked one straight back at me, in the side of the head,” said Poysden, who was discharged from hospital on Wednesday. “It was probably my own fault as I wasn’t bowling leggies, I was just tossing up offies and it was hit back at me.

Josh Poysden joined Yorkshire from Warwickshire in 2018

“I didn’t feel that bad to start with, after it hit me,” added Poysden. “As the rest of the afternoon went on I started to feel worse so I went off to hospital. I had a CT scan in hospital and it showed that I fractured my skull and had some internal bleeding in my head that hadn’t gone on to my brain.”

“My season is effectively over, which is gutting, especially after a period of not being in the first team. I was looking forward to this block of T20 and being a big part of it.

“Despite these frustrations, I feel like the injury could have been a lot worse, so I do feel lucky to hopefully be able to make a full recovery. It puts cricket into perspective.

“I have also been lucky with all the care and support I have received since Monday. Everyone from the NHS and in particular the neurology ward at LGI was outstanding and so I’d like to say thank you to everyone there.”

Yorkshire continue their T20 Blast against Yorkshire in the Roses clash this evening.


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