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“He’s had a couple of these injections before, and they’ve been successful”
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has given the national team a major scare ahead of the Ashes series, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane, after he suffered a recurrence of his knee injury.
Pietersen, who complained of pain in his knee during England’s four-day warm-up match against Australia A in Hobart, has flown to Melbourne for a cortisone injection and to undergo scans as well.
However, England team director Andy Flower is confident the injection will do its job and allow Pietersen to play in all five Test matches against arch-rivals Australia.
“Kevin has had a slight recurrence of that knee issue, and he’ll be going to Melbourne for a scan and a cortisone injection – so he won’t be travelling with the rest of the team,” Flower said. “I don’t think it’s going to be a huge issue. He’s had a couple of these injections before, and they’ve been successful.
“They’ve quietened the problem down, and it’s obviously an ongoing issue for him. But they have been successful, and we anticipate this one being successful and anticipate him playing a full part in the Ashes tour. We anticipate him playing in the Sydney game. We’re doing the jab tomorrow, so he’s got a little bit of time for the jab to work before we train on Tuesday.”