England’s Kevin Pietersen out of Champions Trophy with knee injury
Kevin Pietersen is ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy this June as the England star recovers from a knee injury
Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy this June as he continues to recover from a knee problem.
The 32-year-old was forced to fly home ahead of England’s third Test against New Zealand in March, with the batsman suffering from bruising on the bone in his right knee.
Pietersen was already ruled out of the home Test series against the Kiwis which starts on 16 May, and the Surrey star has been forced out of the one-day series and Champions Trophy after a scan on Wednesday.
An ECB statement read: “Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy following a repeat MRI scan on his right knee earlier today.
“The scan has shown some improvement in the bruising to the bone that occurred in the build up to the Test Series against New Zealand in February.
“However Pietersen will not have recovered sufficiently in time for the NatWest One Day Series against New Zealand beginning 31 May and the ICC Champions Trophy which follows.
“Pietersen will now start a graduated rehabilitation program with a view to resuming full training by the middle of June.”
England hope to have Pietersen back and fully fit ahead of the Ashes series which starts on 10 July at Trent Brige.