Samuels ruled out for remainder of New Zealand tour with wrist injury

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Samuels will undergo surgery to repair his wrist

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has returned home after sustaining a wrist injury during the national team’s ongoing tour of New Zealand.

West Indies physiotherapist CJ Clark confirmed that Samuels has returned home and will require surgery on his right wrist.

“It will require surgery management and he returns home to seek that surgical opinion and advice from the WICB medical panel, headed by Dr Akshai Mansingh,” Clark said.

West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson stated that Samuels’ injury was “unfortunate” and added that the team will have a “tough time” playing without him.

“Marlon’s injury is unfortunate at such a tough time for the team,” Gibson said. “But it gives another player the opportunity to make a name for themselves in this series.”

That other player Gibson was referring to is likely to be wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, who has been with the national team throughout the tour, but has yet to play a game.

“Chaddy has been on tour with us from the start, including the tour of India, without getting an opportunity,” Gibson said. “He has been working hard and growing as a player, and I feel confident that when his opportunity comes he will make the most of it.”

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