HAMPSHIRE all-rounder Ian Holland has undergone shoulder surgery to ensure he is fit for next season.

Holland had the surgery to repair a torn muscle and strained tendon in his bicep and is not expected to be playing cricket for his Australian club side, Ringwood CC, until late February at the earliest.

Ringwood CC captain David King told the Herald Sun newspaper: “He needs to get that (injury) right for his career of his first-class career over in the UK.

“It is obviously very disappointing for us losing a talent like that for a period of time but it is an injury and it happens.

“At best case we might get him back towards the end of the season with the bat, we won’t get him with the ball, but best case we might get him in late February, (early) March.

“It all depends on what Hampshire say to be honest, they’re paying him so they tell him what he can and can’t do.

“We’ve just got to play it by ear and see how the surgery goes.”

Holland had only played one first-class match before making his Hampshire debut in June.

The 27 year-old British passport holder finished the season with 233 runs at 33.28 and 19 wickets at 18.47 from Specsavers County Championship eight matches.

He also took three wickets in two Royal London One-Day Cup appearances and one in a T20 win at Lord's.