Hip injury sidelines Cook

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Former England Test captain Alastair Cook will miss Essex’s opening County Championship fixture against Lancashire, starting on Friday, due to a left hip injury.

Cook has been receiving treatment for the problem for several weeks.

A scan this week has ruled out serious injury, but he will undertake an injection in the upcoming days to help settle his symptoms.

Cook will continue his rehabilitation with the Essex medical team.

“I’ve got a sore hip, which is not getting right,” said Cook. “We’re going to go for a different bit of treatment and hopefully it will be all right for Somerset. It’s just frustrating to miss the first game.

“Ultimately the hip’s not quite right, so it needs to get right before you can play. It’s been going for a month or so now.”

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