KP to Melbourne for knee injection

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England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been sent to Melbourne for a cortisone injection into his troublesome knee, and it's hoped he will be ready to play in the final warm-up game in Sydney this week.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been sent to Melbourne for a cortisone injection into his troublesome knee, and it's hoped he will be ready to play in the final warm-up game in Sydney this week.

Pietersen missed a lot of cricket over this year, including the series against New Zealand, the Champions Trophy and the IPL, with this injury, and he complained of some pain during the game against Australia A.

Coach Andy Flower confirmed: "Kevin has had a slight recurrence of that knee issue, and he'll be going to Melbourne for a scan and a cortisone injection – so he won't be travelling with the rest of the team.

"I don't think it's going to be a huge issue. He's had a couple of these injections before, and they've been successful. They've quietened the problem down, and it's obviously an ongoing issue for him.

"But they have been successful, and we anticipate this one being successful and anticipate him playing a full part in the Ashes tour. We anticipate him playing in the Sydney game.

"We're doing the jab tomorrow, so he's got a little bit of time for the jab to work before we train on Tuesday."

England are also waiting on the fitness of wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who seemed to pick up a calf injury in Hobart, and has been undergoing scans to discover the extent of the niggle.

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