World T20 2014 March 13, 2014

Johnson suffering infected toe

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia's preparations for the World T20 could by hampered by an infected toe suffered by Mitchell Johnson. Although he returned home to rest after the Test series win in South Africa and did not stay on for the ongoing T20 series, Johnson may not travel to Bangladesh with the rest of the side ahead of the world T20.

Johnson suffered a cut to the toe during the third Test in South Africa and that has led to an infection, which could mean a late arrival for the tournament. Australia begin their campaign in a week and a half, with their first match against Pakistan in Dhaka on March 23.

"Mitch has been home in Perth recovering from the Test series against South Africa but has developed an infection as a result of a cut he had on his right big toe after the third Test," Justin Paolini, Cricket Australia's chief medical officer, said.

"He is receiving treatment but his departure to Bangladesh for the World T20 may be delayed until we are happy that the infection has resolved and his toe fully recovered."

Johnson is not the only player under a fitness cloud leading in to the tournament, with allrounder James Faulkner still on the recovery trail after suffering a knee injury in the ODI series against England in January. Faulkner is with the squad in South Africa but is not expected to play until the World T20.