County Championship: Ian Bell ruled out of Warwickshire’s season with aggravation of foot injury
Ian Bell will miss the remainder of the 2019 season. © Getty

Former England batsman Ian Bell will play no further role in Warwickshire‘s 2019 county season campaign due to a tendon issue in his left knee.

Warwickshire confirmed the news on Wednesday, stating that the sidelined batsman will continue his rehabilitation and return in 2020.

Bell, 37, injured himself during the Pakistan Super League in February. He played one match Islamabad United, in which he made 54 off 46 balls, but was ruled out of further action in the UAE after he injured his foot.

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Upon return to England, Bell began recovery work to get himself ready for the county season but managed just two appearances this summer, both times for Warwickshire’s 2nd XI earlier in July while in the advanced stage of a return to county cricket. After a match against Lancashire’s 2nd XI this month, Bell complained of pain and has now been ruled out of the season.

“It’s extremely frustrating for us, and for Ian, that another injury has happened when he was extremely close to a First Team return,” said Paul Farbrace, Warwickshire’s Sport Director. “Over the last couple of weeks our medical team have been regularly assessing the condition of his left knee, and we have also been supported by sports injury specialists in London. However, the outcome of this has confirmed that Ian will need to have several injections, which rules him out of action for six to eight weeks and effectively ends his season.

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“He will now have a three-week period of minimal activity before working closely with our medical and strength and conditioning teams to prepare him for the pre-season programme in 2020.”

Bell is England’s eighth-most successful batsman in Test cricket with 7727 runs at 42.69. Of his 20,256 first-class runs, 10,362 have come for Warwickshire at an average of 44.09.