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Nottinghamshire’s preparation for the Champions County clash with MCC in Abu Dhabi suffered a further setback - with new signing Ben Phillips out through injury.
Phillips, 36, joined the county champions from Somerset over the winter and had hoped to make his county debut against MCC’s strong outfit.
Phillips suffered an ankle injury during training and could now miss the start of the Outlaws’ title defence.
Nottinghamshire are already missing a host of key players, particularly in the bowling department, for the day-night fixture.
England duo Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad are unavailable - Swann's playing in the ICC World Cup whilst Broad suffered an injury during the tournament.
Their Director of Cricket, Mick Newell, is in the Caribbean, coaching the England Lions - joined by the county's young seamer Andy Carter.
One-cap wonder Darren Pattinson will also miss the match, as will overseas player Adam Voges and last season’s leading wicket-taker Andre Adams.
Teenagers Sam Wood, 17 and Brett Hutton, 18, have been drafted in to bolster the touring party.
Despite losing a large chunk of their first team, Notts are still able to call upon the services of an impressive squad.
Former England wicket-keeper Chris Read, talented all-rounder Samit Patel and veteran batsman Ali Brown are all included. Former MCC Young Cricketer (YC) Alex Hales is also part of the squad.
MCC lose Jones
Comparatively, MCC have been relatively lucky with injuries since announcing their final squad.
The only loss has been former England seamer Simon Jones who was forced to pull out with a knee problem.
Jones was replaced in the squad by current YC Paul Muchall, brother of Durham batsman Gordon.
Muchall, 24, is a talented all-rounder who represented Kent in Clydesdale Bank 40 cricket towards the end of the 2010 season. He is currently captaining the YC’s on their pre-season tour in Abu Dhabi.
For the second consecutive season, the traditional English county season opener will take place in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
The match will once again be a day-night game, played with a pink ball as MCC continue to explore the possibility of floodlit Test cricket.