Recuperating Gough upbeat about early return to arena

Published: Saturday, June 15, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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London: England fast bowler Darren Gough was upbeat on Saturday about his prospects of an international return.

The 31-year-old Yorkshire paceman has played no first-class cricket so far this season after a knee injury forced him to return ahead of England's One-day series in New Zealand. Asked when he would return Gough, who has since had an operation, replied, "I would love to say the first One-day International (against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge on June 27). "The way everything has planned out it all depends how I go in this next three or four days and if I can progress to bowling from a half run-up in the next week. "It can all happen quickly once you start getting back." England's selectors are due to announce the squad for the triangular One-day series, which also features India, on Wednesday.

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