Ashes 2013-14: Kevin Pietersen’s knee injury puts England in sport ahead of 1st Test

Kevin Pietersen flew to Melbourne for scans and treatment © Getty Images

Nov 10, 2013
 
Kevin Pietersen’s knee injury flared up yet again as he remains doubtful for the first Ashes Test starting November 21. While the rest of the England squad flew to Sydney for a four-day game an Invitational XI side, Pietersen headed to Melbourne to undergo scans and treatment.
 
The attacking batsman’s hopes are pinned upon the success of a cortisone injection.
 
“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,” England coach Andy Flower was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
 
“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,” Flower added.
 
Pietersen’s injury scare follows the calf injury to Matt Prior while batting during a warm-up game.