Yardy to turn up for Sussex after WC depression

Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 15:41 PM IST

London: England all-rounder Michael Yardy, who withdrew from England`s World Cup campaign after admitting to suffering with depression, is on course to making a comeback for his county team Sussex.

The 30-year-old took part in his team`s training session yesterday and head coach Mark Robinson said that county club captain Yardy is close to winning his battle against depression and resume his first-class career.

Robinson fixed next week`s County Championship match at Hampshire as Englishman`s potential return date to active cricket.

"He is going well. Every week he has practised more. The first time he came in once and last week he came in three times and this week he was in every day, including Saturday, and so he is getting close," Robinson said about Yardy, who returned home just before England`s World Cup quarter-final loss to Sri Lanka in Colombo last month.

"I think this week will be too early. Whether he is in a situation to play the week after we will just have to wait and see. At the moment he hasn`t practised with the group but he is due to on Monday.

"We would love to have him back because he is a quality player and he gives character and backbone for a team that has that anyway but he has got experience and so we miss him, of course we do.

"But it is just like anybody being injured. You have to give them time to heal properly and what you don`t want to do is rush them back so that they have a recurrence of the injury. It`s the same for Yards. So we have just got to keep
talking to him and keep giving him time. He is increasing his workload," said the coach.