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Sydney Thunder have suffered a major blow ahead of the Big Bash season with import Craig Kieswetter ruled out of the competition with a serious eye injury.
The wicketkeeper will also miss England’s World Cup campaign, which begins in February.
Kieswetter was struck in the face by a ball while batting for his county side Somerset in July.
The 27-year-old was named in England’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad, however Somerset confirmed he would be unavailable due to issues stemming from the injury.
“Craig, who sustained a terrible injury to his eye while batting, has struggled to regain perfect vision,” the Somerset statement read.
“As a result of this Craig will be withdrawing from the Big Bash T20 in Australia to undergo further specialist rehabilitation.
“The long-term prognosis is unknown at this stage but it is unlikely that he will be fit for the 2015.”
Kieswetter says the news is disappointing, but added he would seek specialist help to resolve the issue.
“It is really disappointing but my eye is not 100 percent and this of course is critical in maintaining the levels of performance that I expect of myself,” Kieswetter said in a statement.
“I need to make every effort to resolve the matter and have the best specialist help in that regard.”
Sydney Thunder open its BBL campaign against the Brisbane Heat on December 21.