Stuart Broad appears set to return to competitive cricket this weekend for the first time since England's ICC World Twenty20 campaign ended early in Bangladesh two months ago.

Broad has been resting patella tendonitis in his right knee and has missed the start of Nottinghamshire and England's summer.

The pace bowler is expected to play for his county, however, in their LV= County Championship match at home to Durham - starting on Sunday.

Broad's Nottinghamshire team-mate Phil Jaques told his club's website, "We're likely to have Stuart Broad coming in this week.

"He's another world-class performer, and it makes the bowlers want to play out of their skins - because they know they're playing for places."

While Broad's presence will keep his team-mates on their toes, his performance will also be followed keenly by England supporters and selectors - with the first npower Test against Sri Lanka set to get under way on June 12 at Lord's.

Nottinghamshire's opponents Durham have also been hoping their England all-rounder Ben Stokes might be back in action too, after his broken wrist, and Test wicketkeeper Matt Prior identified Sussex's match against Middlesex at Northwood - starting on Monday - as a possible comeback date, although it is highly likely he would be used as a batsman only.

All three players would then have just one more championship match in which to prove their fitness before the England selectors pick their team for Lord's.