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England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter is unlikely to play in the 2015 World Cup since he has “struggled to regain perfect vision”.
Kieswetter’s vision problems arose after he was hit in the face while playing for Somerset in a County Championship match against Northamptonshire. As a result of being hit, the 27-year-old broke his nose and sustained severe damage to his eye socket and cheekbone.
Kieswetter also admitted that he was suffering from vision problems while playing for Warriors in South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
“It is really disappointing but my eye is not 100 per cent and this of course is critical in maintaining the levels of performance that I expect of myself,” Kieswetter said via a statement. “I need to make every effort to resolve the matter and have the best specialist help in that regard.”
In their own statement, Somerset added: “Craig Kieswetter, who sustained a terrible injury to his eye while batting against Northamptonshire last summer, has struggled to regain perfect vision which has affected his performances in the recent SA domestic T20 tournament.
“As a result of this, Craig will be withdrawing from the Big Bash T20 in Australia to undergo further specialist rehabilitation.
“The long-term prognosis is unknown at this stage, but it is unlikely that he will be fit for the 2015 season.”