Sussex captain Ed Joyce thinks there is a chance Matt Prior could play for the county against Lancashire this weekend.
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England keeper Prior has not played in either of Sussex's last two LV= County Championship matches because of an Achilles problem.
The long-standing injury has stopped Prior from being behind the stumps - he played as a batsman in Sussex's season opener - but Joyce believes he may be back this weekend.
Joyce will be missing as he turns out for Ireland in one-dayers against Sri Lanka, but hopes Prior, Chris Nash and Luke Wright could all return in his absence.
"There is a chance we could have Chris, Luke and Matt back for the next game. It's good to have people coming back and there is pressure for places," Joyce said after his side's innings-and-11-run loss to Somerset.
"Matt is coming back from a fairly serious injury. He's trying to make sure when he does come back he can play the game fully, possibly keep wicket and he's trying to get his place back in the Test team."
Prior is looking to win back his England place having been dropped on the disastrous Ashes tour following a poor year with the bat.
He was replaced by Jonny Bairstow but the Yorkshireman, whose place is far from guaranteed, currently has a broken finger.
Prior made a positive start to the year with 125 for Sussex against Middlesex.
Joyce top-scored for Sussex with 93 as they were comfortably beaten at Hove and he conceded that Somerset deserved to end his county's unbeaten start to the season.
"After the first two games we were on a high but we've been blown away," he told Sussex's official website.
"We've been beaten by an innings. We've blown two teams away and then been blown away ourselves. That's the nature of the division. Fair play to Somerset for keeping their foot on our throat after the way they batted."