Injured Clarke returns to Australia to receive medical treatment

Ruled out of the last Test in Delhi because of a back injury, Aussie skipper Michael Clarke will be flying back home on Friday night to receive treatment.

Clarke has seen the 1st day’s play of the last Test from the Australian dressing room but will not be around on Saturday as he’s been suggested several tests on his back and a hamstring issue that affected him during the summer.

Clarke has been fighting a degenerative disc problem since he was 17 and will be examined by medicos to make sure he’s at peak fitness for the Champions Trophy in June before the Ashes showdown in England.

“Whilst there has been some slow improvement, he is still well short of full function so was unable to train and [was not] available to play the fourth Test,” CA physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.

“The plan is for Michael to return to Sydney as soon as possible to have a series of scans and we will monitor his progress over the coming days before deciding on the best course of action,” Kountouris was quoted as saying by the Australian media.

“We will be taking the opportunity to investigate and manage his ongoing hamstring injury that has been intermittently troubling him since the Australian summer. A decision on his return to cricket will be made once we have evaluated the scans and considered the possible management options.”

Clarke’s unavailability because of the injury led to all-rounder Shane Watson captaining the Australian team in the last Test.


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