The flare-up began again in the pre-season and Rankin expects to be ready for when the team stays in Barbados in March. It is certainly an inconvenience for him, as the injury prevents Rankin from going with the England Lions squad to Australia, where he was to be for five weeks with the team.
"It's disappointing to miss out on the Lions trip," said Rankin. "But the most important thing is for me to be ready and fully fit for the new season with Warwickshire so I have been advised to do nothing for at least two weeks.
"It's not a major problem, just a little bit of discomfort. They call it a 'hot spot' from where the injury was last year and hopefully I'll stay off it for a little while it will be fine. I certainly hope so because things have been going well and I have done a lot of really good work this winter in the indoor centre with Pop Welch.
"Last season was very frustrating so this is a big year for me because I really want to push on and challenge for a place in the England bowling attack."
Rankin retired from the international cricket scene last autumn to concentrate on his county and England ambitions.
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