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Boucher eye surgery 'very positive'

ESPNcricinfo staff
July 19, 2012
Mark Boucher lies on the ground after being struck in the eye © Getty Images

Mark Boucher has successfully undergone eye surgery in Cape Town on Thursday. His medical team said there were no complications during the three-hour procedure, and that the blood accumulated due to the trauma caused by a freak on-field accident had been removed.

The extent of damage to the eye was also as expected, and the important parts of the retina were intact. "The outcome looks very positive and the surgeon is pleased with the procedure," a Cricket South Africa release said.

Boucher was forced to end his international career earlier this month after a severe injury caused during a warm-up match against Somerset, when a bail struck him in his left eye. He had already undergone a surgery in England on the day he sustained the injury.

It is too early to tell if Boucher will play cricket again, although there have been suggestions that he is interested in representing his franchise, Cape Cobras. He still has to undergo several medical procedures, which could include more surgery.

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