Gough’s Future in Doubt

Ashes Cricket news 10/11/02

Speculation has it that the cricket career of England fast bolwer Darren Gough may be over, according to reports coming from the Gabba on the morning of the fourth day’s play in the first Ashes Test.

Gough, who has not been able to take his place in the team due to an ongoing knee injury, which has been unresponsive to all treament. The injury was at first believed to be nothing more than a cartilage problem, however, has now been identified as a bone-on-bone joint problem and is much more serious than first thought.

Abandoning his Ashes tour to fly home to England, Gough is expected to seek further specialist opinion on the injury, but has been ruled out for at least the next three months, which means he will more than likely not be available for the coming World Cup campaign in South Africa.

Darren Gough said: "I'm going to go home and work hard on continually strengthening my knee. Obviously this is another setback and it's going to be a huge disappointment to miss the Ashes and the World Cup, but I want to explore all the medical options that are open to me before I make any decisions about my future career. "

At the age of 32 years, it is highly unlikely that Gough will be able to overcome the injury and break back into the England test team in the future. The likely outcome of such an injury, is that Gough will retire after consulting further specialist opinion, who’s prognosis is likely to be unfavourable to the England paceman.

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