Both expected to return soon March 5, 2007

Gibbs and Kemp suffer injury scares



Justin Kemp feared the worst but fortunately for him, the x-rays revealed otherwise © AFP

Justin Kemp and Herschelle Gibbs suffered injury scares during training on the eve of South Africa's World Cup warm-up match against Ireland on Monday. Kemp was hit on the left big toe by fast bowler Charl Langeveldt while batting in the nets while Gibbs injured a finger during a fielding drill.

Mohammad Moosajee, the South African team doctor, said neither player had suffered a fracture and that both are expected to be back in action soon. However, they could miss the match against Ireland.

"We had both of them x-rayed as a precaution and both x-rays came back clear," Moosajee told reporters. "Their injuries are more of a soft tissue and ligament nature, there is no damage to the bone and they shouldn't be affected too much.

Kemp said he feared the worst immediately after the ball struck his toe. "I really thought that was the end of my World Cup," he said as he limped through the team's hotel lobby after consulting the doctor.

The match will be played at the Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground on the University of the West Indies campus.

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