~~Chronic injury may hit Donald~~s career~~

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: South Africa's ace bowler Allan Donald's cricketing career may end due to the chronic injuries that he has been suffering lately, according to the team's physiotherapist, Craig Smith. The Afrikaans daily 'Sport Beeld' reported that Smith had already warned this last week during a friendly game in Montserrat. "He (Donald) has been bowling with a sore heel for some time now, but now the fatty tissue that acts as a cushion has worn away so badly that the heel knocks the ground directly when he lands on it," Smith said. The chronic injuries have now placed Donald's continued presence in the South African squad in jeopardy and dimmed his hopes of taking on the Australians in the next South African season at the end of the year. Commentators believe South African selectors will have to seriously review Donald's inclusion in the Test sides, and that he may be forced to go the route of Jonty Rhodes in playing only One-day cricket for his country, although the latter had requested this voluntarily and not because of injury. Donald could not complete the third Test against the West Indies in Barbados, missed the fourth Test in Antigua completely and struggled during the fifth Test in Kingston.

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