Thatscricket - News - South African Ngam undergoes surgery

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Cape Town: South Africa fast bowler Mfuneko Ngam, forced to stay home due to injury while his colleague's head for the West Indies for a three-month tour, will use the time to recover.The United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) confirmed Ngam had undergone shoulder surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right shoulder. UCBSA shoulder specialist Joe de Beer performed the surgery.Ngam, celebrated as one of the best finds of South African cricket in the past season, excelled in tours by New Zealand and Sri Lanka, but had to withdraw recently after a thighbone injury.South African team physiotherapist Craig Smith said that Ngam had carried this shoulder injury through the season and while it did not prevent him from bowling, it did inhibit his fielding."It was decided to do the operation now while Ngam is also recuperating from his stress fracture of the right leg," Smith said. "The shoulder surgery was successful and Ngam will rest his shoulder in a sling for six weeks to allow the tendon to heal before embarking on a four-month rehabilitation and treatment programme to strengthen the shoulder. We are hopeful he will return to training and bowling/ fielding in the pre-season, envisaged to be around July," Smith added. India Abroad News Service

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