New back injury now haunting Clarke

February 20th, 2009 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 20 (IANS) With just six days left for the first Test against South Africa, the back injury has come back to haunt Australian captain Michael Clarke.
The 27-year-old has been suffering from a lower-back injury for a long time in his career and now a new injury in the same area has become a cause of concern in the Australian camp. Coach Tim Nielsen hoped that Clarke would get fit by time the first Test opens.

“It’s a worry. He’s missed a couple of games, had a long flight and we had to get straight on a bus to get here. He’s getting better every day and hopefully we’ll see him run around and have a bat and a bowl, especially a bat. It’s a bit different to normal. It’s not his lower back from what I understand — it’s a different injury to what his normal problem is,” Nielsen was quoted as saying by The Australian.

Nielsen said that the team management is careful about Clarke’s injury and is not putting extra pressure on the player.

“We’ll be guided by the medical staff. If he’s not quite right we’ll probably be pretty careful with him, put him on ice and make sure he’s ready to go in the Test.”

Clarke is getting better with every day and the Australians are as confident as they can be about him playing the first Test.

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