Collingwood won't be left behind for SA
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:PD Collingwood

DateLine: 7th October 2009


England all-rounder Paul Collingwood is expected to be named in England's squad to SA despite being forced out of the CLT20 with a torn muscle.


Collingwood, who was provisionally selected to play for his IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils in the two-week club tournament was later on withdrawn by the ECB considering scans that revealed the injury was bad enough.


The scan showed a grade two tear in one of his gluteal muscles and he was subsequently pulled out of Delhi's 15-man squad.


But the injury - similar to the one that kept his England colleague Stuart Broad out of the Champions Trophy semi-final defeat against Australia last Friday - is not expected to affect Collingwood's participation at the start of the tour to South Africa next month.


"It's anticipated, with rest and rehabilitation, he will be available for the tour of South Africa," an ECB spokesman said.


"We have a contract with the IPL about making our players available. However, Collingwood has picked up a little niggle in his buttock," revealed coach Andy Flower, before England left South Africa at the weekend.


"It is a genuine injury. We don't know how bad it is but he definitely did something when he played one of his first pull shots on Friday against Australia.


"He actually struggled through the game with that problem. It is not in any way trying to get him rest."


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