Shane Watson’s injury casts shadow over his Ashes chances

June 23rd, 2009 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, June 23 (ANI): The Ashes prospects of injury-plagued Australian all rounder Shane Watson have become bleak after he was too sore to train with the team in England today.

Medical staff is monitoring Watson closely, after he complained of general stiffness and was confined to the team rooms during a training session at Brighton.

“I pulled up a little bit stiff from training yesterday so I sat out of today’s training. We are just monitoring things - that’s the way it has been with me for the last couple of years,” Watson said.

While the latest injury concern may not prove to be serious, it is a major concern that Watson was sidelined today less than three weeks before the first Ashes Test in Cardiff starting on July 8, The Australian reports.

Watson had only recently returned from back stress fractures, before breaking down with a groin strain during Australia’s one-day series against Pakistan in the Middle-East.

The 27-year-old only returned to the bowling crease during Australia’s ill-fated Twenty20 World Cup campaign in England.

The latest setback is the last thing he needed, as he tries to win his baggy green cap back from incumbent all rounder Andrew McDonald.

Australia will fine-tune its Ashes preparations when it plays a four-day tour match against Sussex starting in Brighton tomorrow. (ANI)

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