Morgan’s ‘quicker than expected’ return to cricket leaves England camp ‘red faced’

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

LONDON - Injured England batsman Eoin Morgan has said that he would be back to full fitness much sooner than anticipated, leaving the team’s medical staff red faced.

Ravi Bopara replaced Morgan last week in the 15-man squad after being advised by a consultant that he might need an operation on a broken finger.

Morgan is confident of making a quicker than expected return to cricket, and revealed the “Good news” on twitter.

“No need for an op. Pretty much healed. Will be back sooner than expected!!”

Privately, Morgan admitted he still needs to work on the flexibility of the finger for a week or two, but told friends he is confident of being fit for most of the group games, let alone the knockout stages, the Daily Express reports.

The tournament rules forbid his immediate reinstatement if England decided he could, after all, be fit for the knockout stages late next month.

But the selectors are considering putting him back in the wider 30-man World Cup squad from which replacements can be jetted in if a front-line batsman is injured.

National selector Geoff Miller said England’s medical staff was seeking a more detailed explanation of the prognosis given to Morgan. But he added they stood by the decision taken last week given the evidence available. (ANI)

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