Essex's David Masters may return for championship run-in

David Masters

Essex are hopeful that seam bowler David Masters will be able to play again this summer.

The 37-year-old suffered a side injury in the championship game against Kent earlier this month.

Masters underwent a scan which confirmed a muscle injury in his ribs.

"We are going to assess the injury and hopefully get him playing again before the end of the season against Derbyshire or Hampshire," physio Chris Clarke-Irons told the club website.

Masters is the team's leading wicket-taker in the Championship with 39 victims at a cost of just 19.87 runs each and has claimed over 700 wickets in all forms of the game during his career.

Essex are currently fifth in Division Two, with a 25-point deficit to make up on second-placed Hampshire in order to secure promotion.

Their next game at leaders Derbyshire starts next Tuesday, with a trip to Southampton to face Hampshire following on 4 September.

They finish their championship campaign a week later with a home fixture against Yorkshire, who are currently in third place.