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Troughton facing an uncertain future.

Byline: BRIAN HALFORD

JIM Troughton will not play again this season due to a degenerative back problem - but is determined to be fit enough to lead Warwickshire again next year.

The Bears captain is sidelined by discomfort from three bulging discs in his lower back, a problem that has affected him sporadically for five years.

It is a worrying affliction. And Troughton admits that a specialist opinion he received on Wednesday was, in part, tough to hear.

The 34-year-old's future is uncertain. But he will spend the coming months doing everything he can to extend his career.

"It wasn't great to hear from the specialist because the worst-case scenarios are always put forward, as they have to be," Troughton said. "He was quite honest about the situation.

"It is a case of weighing up the risk of what damage I could do if it got worse. What I have to focus on is getting myself strong again to give myself the chance to get back into training in the winter.

"I have always wanted to play as long as my body and my eyes work.

"This puts a little bit of a doubt in there because my body is giving me gyp, but I would deem myself as a fit bloke so hopefilly I can get myself strong enough so that the injury is something we can manage."
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