Back injury for Onions

  • Last Updated: May 14 2014, 16:55 BST

Graham Onions is facing a possible spell on the sidelines with a back problem, but Durham are hoping it will not be a long lay-off.

Graham Onions: Durham confident his back problem is not a serious issue
Graham Onions: Durham confident his back problem is not a serious issue

Onions, who returned from a career-threatening back injury four years ago to resume his Test career with England and as a linchpin for Durham's County Championship-winning team, felt discomfort during the ongoing Division One match against Sussex at Hove.

Durham coach Jon Lewis reported the 31-year-old seamer is awaiting the results of scans, having managed to bowl only eight overs in Sussex's first innings.

"Graham has had a scan on his back at a hospital close to the ground," Lewis told the club's official website.

"It's been looked at by (physiotherapist) Nigel Kent, but we are still waiting for the radiographer to tell us the results.

"We're hoping it won't be a long absence, but he may require some time away from the field."

Durham host Worcestershire in their opening match of the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday before travelling to Taunton to face Somerset in their next Championship game which starts on Monday.