England coach Andy Flower thinks Pietersen will be ready for a summer of cricket despite a knee injury.
England’s head coach Andy Flower believes star batsman Kevin Pietersen will be ready to play in the Ashes series in July, in spite a serious knee injury.
Pietersen had to return home before England’s recent tour of New Zealand had finished, after aggravating a knee injury in the first two Tests against the Black Caps.
Despite being ruled out for the entire IPL season with the Delhi Daredevils, Flower is confident that the South African-born batsman will be fit for England’s summer schedule.
“He [Pietersen] is being put in a brace for a couple of weeks. He will be off exercise, or any impact exercise, after that for another couple of weeks,” the head coach was quoted on the Sport Review.
“Then he’ll start his rehab. We anticipate him playing a full part in the summer. He’s been in some pain, but we hope he’ll be ready to go by the start of the summer.”
England have a return Test series on home soil with New Zealand starting on 16 May. Whether Pietersen will be ready for that series remains to be seen but he should have plenty of time to recover before the Ashes in July.
The Three Lions struggled in their recent tour against the Black Caps, only managing to scrape a draw against the side ranked eighth in the world, with the 32-year-old having a below-par series possibly due to his injury.
Pietersen will now have to hope that everything goes well in his rehabilitation programme so he can return to help his country as soon as possible.