Injured Gough doubtful of playing NatWest series: ECB

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2002, 1:10 [IST]
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London: Yorkshire fast bowler Darren Gough is 'extremely doubtful' to take part in the forthcoming triangular One-day International series against India and Sri Lanka after injuring his knee, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday.

Gough was recuperating from an operation to remove torn cartilage from his right knee, after he suffered the injury in a One-day International against New Zealand in February. The 31-year-old Gough was not expected to be fit for at least another week but was asked to join the rest of England's 15-man squad ahead of the opening match of the tournament against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

However Gough aggravated the injury Monday while training with Yorkshire's second team and the bowler will be examined to determine the extent of the injury. "We're trying to get him to see a specialist as soon as possible, but at this stage he is extremely doubtful of playing in the NatWest series," a spokesman for the ECB said on Tuesday.

The news is a blow to England, who lost a One-day match to Wales Monday, and is already without Gough's new-ball partner Andrew Caddick. He will miss the entire Series after suffering a side strain in last week's Test match against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford.

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