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Anrich Nortje was required to extract from the team on 7 May after a thumb fracture ruled him out of the competition, and Rabada’s back injury encouraged him to leave the IPL rashly, but updates from Proteas side doctor Mohammad Moosajee and Rabada himself are largely positive. Moosajee told of the concentration with which their star bowler was being touched. “With KG‚ we are extra cautious because of two reasons‚,” he said.
“He had a back issue that kept him out of the game for a protracted amount of time. Furthermore‚ there’s his importance in the squad‚ so we’re managing his rehab and his return to play very carefully.”
Rabada had a lumbar muscle strain with associated muscle spasms, but thankfully no surgery was required. Moosajee backed him to be available for Proteas’s first match against hosts ENG on 30 May but outlined their careful method.
“We are confident, but we want to give him as much time to recover as possible,” he said.
“The anticipated recovery period for KG’s injury is two to three weeks and we are hopeful he’ll make a full recovery to be part of the World Cup squad. The selectors have guaranteed they have sufficient options on the table but there are some companies that have been reserved as standby players.”
Rabada, who was leading wicket-taker in the league stage of the IPL – despite playing fewer matches than his entrances due to the injury – posted an update on his Instagram, telling his return from the IPL as ‘precautionary’. “Ipl was really fun! Extremely glad for the opportunity!” he posted.
“Sad to leave but good to be home bittersweet regarding my back, I’m good – precautionary is all. Will be supporting the boys all the way”
Moosajee also offered an update on Dale Steyn’s fitness. “Dale Steyn returned from the IPL due to his right shoulder flaring up,” he said.
He referred with an orthopedic shoulder expert in Cape Town. He has responded well to treatment and is showing signs of development.
“Scans done revealed nothing of significance compared to those done post his previous surgery. He is currently doing rehab and training, and following a very specific and progressive return-to-play programmed. He will be reassessed when we reassemble this weekend for the Cricket World Cup camp.”
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