Cricket World Cup 2015

Philander out of Windies clash

2015-02-24 07:01
Vernon Philander (AP)

Sydney - All-rounder Vernon Philander has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left hamstring strain following South Africa’s Cricket World Cup match against India last Sunday.

Philander only managed to bowl four overs in the match, with subsequent MRI scans on Monday confirming the injury.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained. “Vernon sustained a Grade 1 hamstring strain which was confirmed by the scans done in Sydney yesterday (Monday) afternoon. The recovery period for a hamstring strain normally takes a week to 10 days which makes him unavailable for the match against the West Indies in Sydney on Friday.” 

Moosajee says it is too early to tell if Philander will be available for the match against Ireland in Canberra next week, and that the all-rounder will be given the best opportunity to recover to full fitness.   

“The Ireland match, as we speak, is eight days away,” he said. “With the recovery period being a week to 10 days, we have to give him every opportunity to make sure that he can be available. At the same time we don’t want to be foolish by taking short-cuts, we will go through the usual treatment protocols and the return-to-play protocols. If he passes all the fitness tests and is symptom free going into the Ireland game he may play but at this stage it is too early to tell.” 

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