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Jack Leach to return to Somerset side after injury

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England spinner Jack Leach will play for Somerset for the first time in a year when they face Kent in the County Championship on Friday, after recovering from a knee injury.

The 32-year-old has been plagued by problems over the past 12 months and had surgery after suffering a knee injury during England’s first Test of the series against India in February.

He also missed the Ashes last summer because of a stress fracture in his back.

Leach last played for Somerset in May 2023 in a County Championship match against Middlesex, although he has played two matches for Somerset seconds this spring as he returned to fitness.

“Having Leachy back in the squad is a big boost for the group, but also for him,” said Somerset head coach Jason Kerr.

“It’s been a tough road back for him and he’s worked incredibly hard. He’s an infectious character and he’s got vast experience.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing him back in a Somerset shirt and enjoying his cricket, and we’ll make a decision on whether that is this weekend tomorrow [Friday].”

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