Monday, January 25, 2016

Badly injured McClenaghan to undergo surgery

Mitchell McClenaghan is expected to miss the remainder of the one-day series (ODI) against Pakistan after suffering an eye injury during the Black Caps' win in Wellington.

McClenaghan suffered a hairline fracture just above his left eye from a bouncer that went through the gap in his helmet during the final over of New Zealand's innings.
It rules him out of the second ODI in Napier on Thursday, and the third and final match in Auckland on Sunday, as he is scheduled to undergo minor cosmetic surgery in Auckland on Friday.
McClenaghan was batting on 31 from 17 deliveries when the penultimate ball of the innings - from Anwar Ali - squeezed between the peak of his helmet and its grille to strike him flush on the left eye.
He did not bowl in Pakistan's innings, spending most of it in hospital instead. He received stitches on his left eyebrow, but was well enough to tweet an update on his condition and congratulations to his team mates following their victory. "Thanks for all the concerns. Everything is as good as it can be just a few broken bones. Great win for the boys!"
A Black Caps spokesman confirmed that McClenaghan will undergo minor surgery on his eye socket on Friday.
McClenaghan is the fourth New Zealand player to be unavailable for Thursday's game, with Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee also out through injury.

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