Troughton to have back surgery
Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton is to have an operation on his back, forcing him out of the club's pre-season trip to Barbados.
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The 34-year-old batsman struggled with the problem towards the end of last season and the Bears hope surgery will leave him pain free for the 2014 campaign.
Director of cricket Dougie Brown said: "After missing the latter part of the 2013 season with an injury to his lower back, Jim has been taking a full part in the team's pre-season programme since we returned to training in November.
"However after suffering further discomfort it is clear that he now needs to undergo an operation.
"Whilst it is frustrating to lose Jim for what is an important period of preparation we must give him the best possible chance of regaining full fitness as soon as possible.
"His absence will give some of our young batsmen more time in the middle whilst we are in Barbados and help them challenge for a place in the starting XI when the domestic season gets under way."