Ireland in Canada 2010

Alex Cusack ruled out of Canada tour

Cricinfo staff

August 21, 2010

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Alex Cusack celebrates a five-for, Afghanistan v Ireland, ICC WCL Division 1, Rotterdam, July 4  2010
Alex Cusack's recovery period after surgery is around six weeks © Getty Images
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Ireland allrounder Alex Cusack has been ruled out for the tour of Canada, which includes two ODIs and an Intercontinental Cup match. Cusack is set to undergo surgery on a long-standing injury problem and his recovery is expected to take about six weeks.

Cricket Ireland stated in a release that he is suffering from 'chronic compartment syndrome', which happens when the muscles don't have room to expand in the fascia which surrounds the muscle nerves.

The 14-man squad includes Andre Botha and Phil Eaglestone, who have recovered from their respective injuries. The allrounder Botha was down with a stress fracture while Eaglestone, the left-arm seamer, suffered a side strain. Niall O'Brien, the wicketkeeper, is recovering well from the operation on his finger, and expects to resume playing before the end of the season.

Those missing the trip are William Porterfield and Boyd Rankin, who have county commitments. Wicketkeeper Gary Wilson will miss the Intercontinental Cup in Toronto starting August 31 but his county Surrey has agreed to release him for the ODIs alone.

Squad: Trent Johnston (capt), Andre Botha, George Dockrell, Phil Eaglestone, Allan Eastwood, Nigel Jones, Rory McCann, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson (ODIs only)

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