Smith ruled out of Champions Trophy

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South Africa batsman Graeme Smith will miss the ICC Champions Trophy taking place in England and Wales next month due to a left ankle injury, and could be out of the game for as long as six months.

South Africa batsman Graeme Smith will miss the ICC Champions Trophy taking place in England and Wales next month due to a left ankle injury, and could be out of the game for as long as six months.

Smith will return to South Africa on Thursday, as he is in England on a contract with Surrey, for further consultation, after scans on Wednesday in London revealed a stress fracture to his troublesome left ankle.

Proteas Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "Graeme has been troubled by left ankle pain over the last few months and despite extensive treatment and physiotherapy, it has recently deteriorated significantly while playing for Surrey in England.

"He underwent a rescan of his left ankle in London on Wednesday, and it was determined that since his last scan, the condition has progressed to a stress fracture. Surgery will be required, and he has been advised to follow a rest and rehabilitation programme over the next four to six months.

"This unfortunately rules him out of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales and the Selectors will name a replacement in due course."

A disappointed Smith said: "It's a big blow for me personally to be missing out on the Champions Trophy next month. The ODI squad is creating something special and I was looking forward to being part of that family.

"I will no doubt be supporting from my living room and I know the players, under AB's leadership will be giving all that they can during the tournament."

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