Mathews set to miss Sri Lanka’s Champions Trophy opener

Mathews has not played international cricket since January

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is nursing a calf injury and is therefore likely to be sidelined for his side’s Champions Trophy opener against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday.

Mathews, who complained of “stiffness and pain” in his calf, has not played international cricket since January due to a hamstring injury and “multiple injuries” in his legs.

“Mathews had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the team management to conduct radiographic investigations, which revealed a strain on the muscle,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) release said. “He will engage in supervised recovery over the next few days but will most likely sit out the first group stage match.”

Should Mathews be ruled out of the match against the Proteas, vice-captain Upul Tharanga is set to take over as captain.

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