Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Steve Waugh on blood-thinning treatment: Joske
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2001, 0:12 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Sydney: Australian captain Steve Waugh was on a course of blood-thinning medication after encountering problems with a leg injury he suffered on the recent Ashes tour of England, his manager said on Sunday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Waugh's manager Robert Joske said on Sunday Waugh was taking blood-thinning tablets and would make a delayed start to the domestic cricket season starting next week.The Sun-Herald reported on Sunday that Waugh was being treated for the potentially fatal condition deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and had developed a blood clot in his lower left leg, but Joske said he was not aware of that."He (Waugh) is having his blood thinned but that's just part of getting him back on the field quickly," Joske said. "He had a haematoma as a result of the injury and the treatment that he was undergoing in the Ashes series, so he's just having ongoing treatment for that."The injury will leave Waugh little time to prepare for the home Test series against New Zealand and South Africa starting in early November. He suffered a torn calf muscle during the third Ashes Test at Trent Bridge but recovered sufficiently to score an unbeaten 157 in the fifth and final Test at the Oval, although he hobbled his way through the marathon innings."He's been having ongoing treatment for his calf tear, that's all it is at this stage, nothing more," Joske said. "We're expecting him to be fit and ready to be playing, probably in about two weeks' time."Waugh was expected to miss New South Wales' opening two Limited Overs matches next Sunday against Victoria and the following week against Tasmania, and he could also miss out on NSW's opening Sheffield Shield game against Tasmania starting on October 17."We haven't actually set any schedules on it but we will be taking medical advice on that," Joske said. That would leave him just one four-day match before the first Test against the Kiwis in Brisbane starting on November 8."It's a matter of when Steve's feeling fit and ready to go. We won't race him back into it," said Joske. "There's a big cricket season ahead and we want to make sure that he's fit for it."We'll be allowing a bit more time and preparation to make sure when he goes back on he is completely fit, so we don't have the same sort of thing that we had in the Fifth Test."