Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Stay Upbeat over Collingwood Injury

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Stay Upbeat over Collingwood Injury

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Byline: Tom Collomosse

ENGLAND believe Paul Collingwood will be fit for the tour of South Africa after he was forced to pull out of the Twenty20 Champions League in India due to injury.

A torn buttock muscle has ruled the Durham batsman out of Delhi Daredevils' campaign, with the 15-day tournament beginning in Bangalore on Thursday.

England already have injury concerns over Kevin Pietersen ahead of their departure early next month, but it is thought Collingwood will recover in time.

"Paul underwent a scan yesterday on the injury he sustained during the ICC Champions Trophy," read a statement from the England & Wales Cricket Board.

"The scan revealed a grade two tear, but it is anticipated that, with rest and rehabilitation, Paul will be available for the tour of South Africa."

Collingwood sustained the injury during the semi-final defeat by Australia last Friday, and he becomes the second England player after Pietersen to be forced out of the Champions League. …

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