Josh Davey is hoping to be back in time for the start of the new season after a second operation on a groin injury.

The 31 year-old bowler had the first surgery in November after being injured while representing Scotland at the T20 World Cup.

This follow-up operation will see him on the sidelines for another six weeks.

"I love bowling, but it's important not to jump back into it too quickly," said Davey.

"I was managing the issue towards the end of the summer, but it flared up towards the end of the World Cup.

"The initial surgery in November didn't really quite remedy all the symptoms I was getting, so I recently had a follow-up surgery, which the consultant feels will give me the best chance to progress with my recovery.

"It's vital I get myself right. When you're looking down the barrel of seven months of bowling you need to make sure that your body is ready to go before you start."

Davey played an integral part for Scotland at the T20 World Cup, as he helped them qualify from the preliminary stage, with victories against Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Oman.

He was also to the fore for Somerset, taking 56 wickets in all competitions in 2021.