Injury scare for bed-ridden Levi
Richard Levi (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Powerful Cape Cobras opening batsman Richard Levi
could miss the start of the 2013/14 cricket season after suffering a prolapsed disc in his back during pre-season training.
According to the Cape Times
, Levi was hard at work on improving his fitness during the off-season when he suffered the injury.
It brought an end to his pre-season training and could possibly make him a non-starter when the season proper gets underway with the 1-Day Cup on October 11.
The 25-year-old was in superb form for the Cobras in the 1-Day Cup last season and topped the competition's run-scoring chart with 620 at an average of 56.36.
"Richie's done a disc," Cobras physiotherapist Shane Jabaar said. "He didn't do anything untoward; it could be an underlying chronic injury. The cause of the injury is unknown at this stage, but it is similar to when Andrew Hall
(former Proteas all-rounder) just felt something mid-way through his run-up during a game and suffered a prolapsed disc."
Hall was sidelined for six weeks, but Jabaar was not willing to say how long he thinks Levi would be sidelined.
"At first glance it is a prolapsed disc. He saw a neurosurgeon, and at this stage we are awaiting the report from the MRI scan.
"He is bed-ridden at the moment, so he definitely won't be going with the Cobras on their pre-season tour this Friday to Pretoria and possibly Namibia next week. Once we get the MRI scan back, we will have a clearer picture," said Jabaar.
Levi has represented South Africa in 13 T20 games but has fallen out of favour with selectors in recent months, with his last game coming against New Zealand in December last year.