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August 14, 2013
Kevin Pietersen has had a precautionary scan on his troublesome right knee but remains available for selection for the final Ashes Test at The Oval.
The ECB said the scan was part of the "ongoing monitoring process" Pietersen has been undergoing since the batsman returned from the tour of New Zealand with bone bruising in his knee. The problem ruled him out of the final Test in Auckland and the return series against New Zealand as well as the Champions Trophy.
The ECB statement added: "Kevin remains available for selection for the fifth Investec Ashes Test and will continue to receive treatment on his right knee as part of his rehabilitation programme over the course of remainder of the series and beyond."
With England 3-0 up in the Ashes there could be an opportunity to rest Pietersen even if, under other circumstances, he would be able to get through a Test, although Andy Flower, the team director, has already said he will be "fine". Flower previously confirmed that Pietersen would not be available to Surrey for the Friends Life t20 finals day on Saturday.
"He will be rested because of a couple of the niggles he has," Flower said on Tuesday. "I have spoken with [Surrey's interim coach] Alec Stewart about that. It would have been nice to have made him available but injuries have meant that he can't be. We're just resting his knee and calf.
"He has played four Test matches now and this is an opportunity to rest. We try to be as fair to the counties as possible and you might have noticed over the last couple of years that we do try and get them back with their counties where we can. It possibly happens more often than it used to six or seven years go. But in this instance we can't because of injury. He'll be fine for The Oval."
Pietersen was an injury doubt for the third Test at Old Trafford having picked up a calf strain at Lord's, but was passed fit and made a crucial 113 to help England avoid the follow-on and subsequently retain the Ashes in a rain-hit draw.
Speaking after his innings, Pietersen said he was an "old man" now and, following the Test, Flower said that the batsman would have to take extra care about looking after himself during the latter stage of his career. "He's in his early 30s - everything seems to hurt a bit more after long days and big innings," Flower said.
England will name their squad for the final Test on Saturday with the major decision being whether to rest James Anderson who has appeared jaded during the last couple of Tests. Graham Onions has suffered a broken finger which rules him out of contention but there could be a chance of Chris Tremlett, who has been part of the squad for the previous two Tests, being recalled on his home ground.
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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