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Ashley Giles Admits Career Doubts

Written by Commoner on July 16th, 2007   (336 views)

Ashley Giles has admitted that he will have to consider the long-term impact to his health before making any more attempts at a comeback. He has not played this summer after picking up another hip injury and also missed the entire 2006 season before a brief reappearance during the first two Ashes Tests.

Previously, Giles has been upbeat about returning to action for Warwickshire -and even England-but now a dose of reality seems to have hit home. ‘The underlying thing is that you never know how much long-term damage you are doing to yourself as well,’ he said during a Chance to Shine initiative in Birmingham.

“I have never thought it is not worth, it but I have to start thinking about it. If in five years’ time they think this will do more damage then I will have to take that advice. I certainly don not want to look at hip replacements.

Giles says he is four weeks away from trying to run again and would not be in a position to play for another two or three months. That rules out a return during the current English season and could leave him needing to find some cricket during the winter. But the adds that whatever happens over the next few months he wants to put 2007 behind him after a series of personal and domestic problems, that included returning from the Ashes tour to be with his wife, Stine, who suffered a brain tumor.

An amazing amount has happened over the last few months and not much of it has anything to do with cricket-with Stine, coming back from the Ashes, getting injured again, and having another operation-so it is been a pretty rough 2006/7 and I am looking forward to getting into 2008, now.

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