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Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has announced that captain Michael Clarke will not miss the entire summer.
Kountouris’ comments come after Clarke re-injured his hamstring during the first ODI against South Africa in Perth.
As a result of his injury, Clarke will not represent New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Sydney on November 25.
“[Clarke’s injury] is not that dramatic that he’s going to miss the whole summer,” Kountouris said in Sydney on Thursday. “There comes a point where there’s no more healing to be done and waiting longer does not give any more benefit.
“The real risks for him are he’s got a back injury, it puts a lot of pressure on his hamstrings, he’s an older athlete and that’s a risk factor. He’s had multiple hamstring injuries on both legs. They’re not risk factors we can get rid of.”
However, with the first Test against India set to begin on December 4, Kountouris stated that he is still unsure about how long it will take for Clarke to be fully fit again.
“I can’t put a figure on it right now,” he said. “As he is right now, he hasn’t started running, he hasn’t started doing any of the functional things that we want him to do. He’s not able to bat. So he’s not ready to play at the moment.
“His next game of cricket is a grade game on the weekend and he’s not available for that. There’s a Shield game starting next Tuesday and he’s not available for that. That’s as far as we’re looking.
“He needs to start running and start doing things before we make a decision on whether he’s OK to play. I’m still hopeful that he might be right for the first Test because that’s two weeks away.”