McLaren must rest concussed head

2014-02-19 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — Ryan McLaren will undergo further tests on Monday to determine whether he is made available for the third and final Test against Australia in Cape Town.

The versatile bowler suffered a mild concussion to be withdrawn from the squad for this week’s second Test in Port Elizabeth, after he was struck on the right ear by a venomous Mitchell Johnson delivery.

The incident happened just before the tea break when McLaren could not escape a short ball by the Aussie strike bowler.

McLaren’s ear bled and was later patched up with glue.

He later joked that all was in order despite resembling Bakkies Botha after three days in a scrum.

McLaren said he began feeling ill shortly after the contact.

“It can take up to 36 hours for something to kick in as we have seen in the past with Graeme Smith [in the United Arab Emirates],” said McLaren.

“I trained with the guys and ate afterwards too. At first I thought it might be the food.

“Later I also started getting headaches. I felt something big was wrong and that is when we phoned the physio­therapist.”

Jon Patricios, recently elected to the International Rugby Board’s advisory group regarding concussions, recommended that Mclaren has at least seven to 10 days rest.

McLaren will visit Olympic team doctor Louis Holtzhausen on Monday in Bloemfontein for further tests that will reveal more about his participation in the rest of the series.

McLaren was clearly disappointed with the injury after his return to the Test arena for the first time in four years.

“A guy works for years to come back and now this. That’s sport, that’s life,” he said.

No additional players have been added to the squad. Dean Elgar, Wayne Parnell, Rory Kleinveldt and Thami Tsolekile will now be considered for the second Test.

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