Champions League Twenty20 2010 September 21, 2010

Injured Kallis out of Champions League

Cricinfo staff

Royal Challengers Bangalore have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their must-win game against Lions after a neck injury ruled out key allrounder Jacques Kallis from the rest of the Champions League Twenty20.

According to the team's website, the injury has affected Kallis' lower cervical and upper thoracic spine and Cricket South Africa's medical team advised him to rest so he would be fit for the country's upcoming international commitments. ESPNcricinfo has learnt the injury is not serious - it is just a strain, not a tear or fracture. Kallis will most likely not be named in the T20 squad to face Pakistan, but should be fit for the one-dayers.

Kallis was the Man of the Match in Bangalore's opening win over Guyana, taking 3 for 16 and scoring an unbeaten 43. He was second highest run scorer in the 2010 IPL, making 572 runs at an average of 47.66 and a strike rate of 115.78.

The franchise said it would not be asking for a replacement.