London: England fast bowler is targetting an international return on his home ground of Headingley next week after being seemingly ruled out of the triangular One-day series because of a recurrence of his knee injury.
Gough suffered a setback on Monday when he experienced a slight reaction in the warm- up for a second team match having not played senior cricket this season. Yorkshire quick Gough sustained a right knee injury during England's final One-day International away to New Zealand in February. He has had two operations since and has broken down every time he has tried to return. But despite these problems, his unexpected appearance at an England practice session has prompted speculation that he might come back against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Tuesday. "The knee's coming on well," stressed Gough, England's leading wicket-taker in One- day Internationals with 168 dismissals in 106 matches. "I always said I wanted to come back in the One-day series and that's what I'm going to do despite what other people were saying. "England has sent me away to play a competitive game and I'll be coming in off a full run and then I'll meet up with the rest of the boys again on Saturday." Gough is due to play for Yorkshire seconds against Durham in Darlington on Friday before joining up with England again at Lord's on Saturday for its second game of the series against India. "I had a slight setback on Monday when I was going to play for the seconds and we decided not to risk it and everybody went over the top the following day saying I wasn't going to play again this year," he stressed. "I think I've surprised everyone these last couple of days and I want to surprise everyone even more by turning out for England in the NatWest series next week."
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