McLaren ruled out of second Test

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“He will be monitored over the next four to five days and will have further assessment done next week Monday to decide whether or not he can join up with the squad prior to the third Test in Cape Town”

South Africa all-rounder Ryan McLaren has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth after suffering a mild concussion.

McLaren sustained the injury on the fourth day of the first Test in Centurion when he was hit on the side of the head by a bouncer from Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson.

The South African selectors have not called up anyone to replace McLaren.

“Ryan was admitted to a Johannesburg clinic on Sunday evening suffering from suspected concussion-related symptoms including worsening headaches and nausea, which started approximately 30 hours after the blow to his head,” South Africa’s team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee said. “His condition improved overnight and he was re-assessed by a neurologist as well as a leading sports physician with a special interest in concussion, Dr Jon Patricios. But from a medical protocol point of view, any form of concussion is concerning enough to rule him out of the next Test match.

“He will be monitored over the next four to five days and will have further assessment done next week Monday to decide whether or not he can join up with the squad prior to the third Test in Cape Town.”

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