Proteas sweat over Morkel

Morné Morkel (Getty Images)
Morné Morkel (Getty Images)
Colombo - Proteas bowler Morné Morkel is a doubt to play in the first ODI against Sri Lanka after sustaining a recurrence of the quad injury which forced him out of the Champions Trophy.

Morkel felt tightness in his left quadricep muscle after bowling three overs during the Proteas’ warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Development XI on Wednesday.

This is the same injury which was problematic during the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales last month.

"Morné was withdrawn from play immediately to receive treatment after he felt discomfort after three overs of bowling," Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee said.

"Since his injury in England, he has undergone extensive rehab and training prior to this tour, and also passed a full fitness and bowling test.

"He was rested from training today and the Proteas’ physiotherapist, Brandon Jackson, will reassess tomorrow to determine his availability for Saturday’s ODI."

Meanwhile, Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s right ankle impingement has become symptomatic again over the last two days of bowling in Sri Lanka.

This is a chronic condition which has plagued the bowler since December 2012.

"Lonwabo is suffering from a chronic right ankle impingement which has flared up after two days of training in Sri Lanka," Moosajee said.

"Further assessment has revealed some bony bruising, which is being managed with extensive treatment and rehab.

"He will continue to receive treatment from Brandon Jackson to manage the symptoms."
 
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