Eranga injury blow for Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardene has confirmed that fast bowler Shaminda Eranga will miss the Test series against the West Indies as he has not recovered from his various injuries.

The Windies will tour the Asian country for two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s, with the first Test scheduled to take place in Galle on 14 October.

Eranga, who was considered the spearhead of the Sri Lanka's bowling attack, has not played since January this year with him continuously being struck down with injury, and now Wijegunawardene has confirmed that he is out of the upcoming matches.

Wijegunawardene said: "Eranga unfortunately has been really struggling to recover from a few of his injuries.

"He started off with a back injury in December, and when he was recovering from that towards June-July he developed a groin injury, and since then every time he was rehabilitated and tried to get into the normal routine of bowling he had tightness in his hamstring.

"The physio Steve Mount is now really looking at taking him to a more medical solution. Eranga is likely to be ruled out for the upcoming West Indies series. The latest injury is he's developed a groin injury.  

"Every time he recovers he develops a new injury which is worrying us a little bit. When you are recovering from an injury your natural tendency is to protect that injury and invariably you end up putting strain on another part and you tend to tear that.

"That is what is happening. This is about the third time that he is experiencing a recurring injury."