England and Durham Jets batsman Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes eager to recover from injury in time for the start of Natwest Twenty20 Blast competition on May 16.
Last Updated: 17/04/14 1:49pm
The 22-year-old sustained the injury after punching a dressing room locker following his dismissal for a golden duck in England's T20 match against the West Indies in Barbados last month.
And the Durham Jets batsman hopes to make a swift return in time for the start of the new tournament next month.
"I'm back in the gym trying to get myself fit and it's good to get myself back on my feet and keeping busy," Stokes told Sky Sports News.
"There's no time frame yet (on my recovery). It's a matter of healing still and more of a feeling thing and we'll see what the specialist says in four weeks' time.
"I'm looking forward to it because it's a new start to the Twenty20 game in England. Hopefully I will have some part to play because I want to see what it's all about."
Durham go into the 18-team competitor with a new coach following Jon Lewis' promotion from his role with the county side's second XI.
Lewis stepped into the role on a temporary basis after Geoff Cook suffered a heart attack last June. Cook has since recovered and will now take up a new role primarily focusing on youth development with Durham.
"It's gone really well so far," Stokes said of the changes to Durham's management structure. Jon Lewis is now head coach and he's been around the changing room for two or three years now.
"He's come into the job and done really well. Obviously it's also good to see Geoff coming back into the changing room and in another role."
Stokes' performance during the Ashes was one of the few positives England could take away from their 5-0 Ashes drubbing in Australia over the winter.
He scored his maiden Test century in Perth and followed that up by taking six wickets in the Fifth Ashes Test in Sydney.
Stokes revealed it was pleasing from a personal point of view but he would have preferred it if England had emerged from the tour with victory over Australia.
"It was disappointing but I can look back on it and take away some good personal moments," he said. "But it would have been better if we had done a little better from a team of point of view."