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The Kings XI Punjab have been dealt a huge blow after it was announced that Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson will miss the entire Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) due to a rib injury.
Johnson sustained the injury during the recent ODI tri-series against Zimbabwe and South Africa.
“Unfortunately Mitchell is not back to 100% fitness so we will not be releasing him to Kings XI Punjab for the remainder of the Champions League,” Cricket Australia’s general manager of team performance, Pat Howard, said. “He will travel with the squad to Dubai on Sunday to continue his rehab with the team medical staff.”
With Johnson still recovering, the national selectors may decide to rest him for the ODI series against Pakistan so that he will be fully fit by the time the Test series gets underway in Dubai on October 22.