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September 1, 2011
Allrounder Elton Chigumbura, who missed the one-off Test against Pakistan due to a knee injury, will require an MRI to help diagnose the extent of the problem, according to Zimbabwe's physio Amato Machikicho.
"An MRI scan request has been made so a definitive diagnosis and [injury] management timeframe may be specified for Elton's condition," Machikicho said. "Elton has an appointment with our [Zimbabwe Cricket] medical services providers in Harare this [Thursday] afternoon. Their findings will guide our management of the player here onwards."
Chigumbura missed the game against Pakistan after failing to recover from a bruise he sustained on his left knee during the penultimate ODI against Bangladesh on August 19. He played the final ODI of the series on August 21 with the injury.
Fast bowler Keegan Meth, who was hit on flush on the mouth in his follow-through during the final one-dayer against Bangladesh, losing four teeth and suffering lacerated lips, could be facing a three-month wait for the bones in his jaw to heal before undergoing reconstructive surgery. Meth, though, will be looking to make a comeback as quickly as possible for his franchise Matabeleland Tuskers, with the domestic season beginning on September 24. Meth was spotted in the Zimbabwe dressing room during the first day of the Pakistan Test.
"Keegan come down to Bulawayo for a weekend visit. He still has stitches on his lower and upper lips," Machikicho said. "He is now eating solids again [Meth was restricted to ground food since the accident] and is going to resume physical training in the form of aerobics and strength reconditioning. We will find out next week if the orthodontistry will start or not."
Graeme Cremer, the legspinner who had knee surgery five weeks ago, is also on the mend, Machikicho said. "Graeme has been doing some light running for two weeks and is training in Harare and making progress. He will be assessed when the team gets back to Harare after the first ODI against Pakistan." Cremer had been troubled by his knee since injuring it during last season's domestic first-class competition, the Logan Cup.
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