Middlesex will be looking to former England seamer Toby Roland-Jones to help fire them back into top flight cricket this season.
Middlesex are in division two of the County Championship but will be pushing to get back to the first division when the season starts next month.
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To give themselves a chance, the county need 31-year-old Roland-Jones to be back fit, following the double stress fracture of his back in April last year.
Speaking about the player, director of cricket Angus Fraser says he is nearing full fitness and is set to be a big part of the side.
Fraser told the Cricketer: “We missed Toby hugely last year. Not only is he a fine cricketer but he’s such a strong and huge personality to have around the dressing-room. “It would be a huge for us – like a new signing, really.
“Everything’s going well. His shoulder was a bit sore in a couple of occasions, because he hadn’t bowled much for a while, but his back – which was the reason why he was out – was fine. “He seems strong and he’s in a very good place.”