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Pietersen’s injury is a severe blow to England’s Champions Trophy campaign
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out for the Champions Trophy after failing to recover from a knee injury he sustained in February during the national team’s tour of New Zealand.
Pietersen was flown home after sustaining the injury during a warm-up match in Queenstown and he was even forced to miss his beloved Indian Premier League (IPL).
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are confident that Pietersen will be back in action by mid-June, which is less than a month until the start of the Ashes.
“Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy following a repeat MRI scan on his right knee,” an ECB statement said. “The scan has shown some improvement in the bruising to the bone that occurred in the build up to the Test Series against New Zealand in February. However Pietersen will not have recovered sufficiently in time for the NatWest one-day series against New Zealand beginning May 31 and the Champions Trophy which follows. Pietersen will now start a graduated rehabilitation program with a view to resuming full training by the middle of June.”
If all goes well, Pietersen should be able to represent Surrey in a County Championship match against Yorkshire on June 21.
Pietersen is also likely to be included in the England squad that plays a four-day game against Essex on June 30 in preparation for the highly-anticipated Ashes series.