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Broad fitness concern for World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff
March 9, 2014
Stuart Broad hurt his knee in the field during the third ODI in Antigua © Getty Images

Stuart Broad will sit out England's next two T20s against West Indies in a bid to ensure his fitness for the World T20, with the captain revealing that he has been managing a knee problem with injections over the winter. Broad said after England's defeat in the first T20 that he was suffering from patellar tendonitis, which flared up during the third ODI in Antigua.

Broad downplayed his participation in the World T20 being at risk, saying he "should be okay", but with less than two weeks until England's first game in Bangladesh, against New Zealand on March 22, it is cause for concern. Broad said he had already had "four or five" cortisone injections to his knee, with his workload on England's disastrous tour of Australia to blame.

"I've had injections for a while now, throughout the winter, it's been getting stiffer and stiffer," he said. "I caught my knee in the ground in Antigua and it swelled up, so I won't be playing the next couple. I should be okay assuming the injection works.

"It gradually got worse throughout the winter, with the amount of bowling I've been doing, and needs some rest to make sure I'm fit and firing for the World Twenty20."

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