Andrew Symonds set to miss World Cup

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Star Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds looks set to miss the World Cup after surgery on Sunday morning revealed the injury to his bicep tendon was worse than expected.

Surgeons discovered the tendon was fully torn off the bone at the shoulder joint and used a screw to reattach it.

Symonds tore the muscle during Friday’s shock loss to England and his probable absence from the West Indies tournament is a massive blow to Australia’s planning as they aim for an unprecedented third straight World Cup victory.

He has already been ruled out of the rest of the tri-series tournament, also involving New Zealand, and the subsequent Chappell-Hadlee Trophy matches in New Zealand.

Australia’s physiotherapist Alex Kountouris admitted Symonds was only an outside chance for the World Cup. “It’s going to be tough for the World Cup,” Kountouris said in Melbourne on Sunday.

“The surgery went well, but they found a fair bit of damage. His tendon was actually a bit worse than we expected. We are not really looking at the World Cup right now — we can’t say if he will be right in four or five or six weeks. We are just looking at it week by week,” he added.

It was the support of skipper Ricky Ponting that earned Symonds a surprise berth at the 2003 World Cup, in which he surpassed most expectations to arrive as one of the most damaging players in one-day cricket.

Speaking before Sunday’s clash with New Zealand at the MCG, in Melbourne, Ponting said he wanted to see Symonds in the 15-man squad for the Caribbean.

Source:The News

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