Vaughan confident of facing India after injury

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Leeds:England captain Michael Vaughan is confident of being fit to tour India next month after undergoing knee surgery.

Vaughan returned early from the pre-Christmas trip to Pakistan to have surgery on the injured right knee which forced him out of the opening Test defeat in Multan.

He is yet to reach full fitness but has made sufficient recovery from the surgery to talk optimistically of his involvement on the tour to India which comprises three Tests and seven One-day internationals.

"The injury is fine," said Vaughan. "I've taken a really positive step in the last two weeks and I've been able to get on the machines and work very hard for two or three hours a day.

"I don't think it will be a problem for me getting on the plane with the rest of the lads in February.

"It's moving nicely, but I don't want to say too much too soon because I've not done any running or twisting and turning yet - and that's going to be the real test for me."

England's squad for the second leg of their sub-Continental winter will be named on Friday.

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