Leicestershire are optimistic that their highly regarded all-rounder Shiv Thakor will be fully fit when the players report back for pre-season training a week on Monday
Thakor suffered a broken finger in January at the start of England under-19s' tour to South Africa.
He had to return home with the injury, which was a huge disappointment as he had been made captain of Tim Boon's young side.
"There was a crack in the finger and, provisionally, it was a case of six weeks out," said County head coach Phil Whitticase.
"He is still doing rehab but I anticipate that he should be fit by March 18 to report back. We have had to put the reins on him because he is eager to keep practicing."
Thakor was hugely impressive in the second half of last season when he stepped up to championship cricket shortly after completing his A-level studies at Uppingham School. He batted at No7 from where he scored four half-centuries showing admirable technique and maturity.
Thakor also offered County another seam bowling option, while he was also among the runs in the one-day game with another couple of half-centuries.
Most observers believe that Thakor has the talent and application to cement a place in the top order in first-class cricket over the course of the next few years, while continuing to improve his ability with the ball.
Whitticase, though, says that the youngster, who has come through the County age group and academy system, cannot be pushed too quickly at this stage of his career.
"Shiv gives good balance to the side and we all saw what he can do," County's coach said. "But the key thing is that we continue to manage him the right way.
"When any young player comes into the side there is always the thought that you would like to let him loose, give him responsibility and play him in every game.
"I'm sure Shiv would relish that opportunity but, if we can continue to manage him like we did last season, that will be really useful for the club."