Derbyshire have been rocked by the new that South African fast bowler Charl Langeveldt will play no part in the 2009 county season after aggravating a shoulder injury.
He suffered a recurrence of an old injury during his one and only appearance for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League earlier this week and upon returning to his Cape Cobras franchise, was told he needed an immediate operation and has been ruled out for four to five months.
Head of Cricket John Morris said: “Obviously this is devastating news not just for us but also for Charl and unfortunately there is absolutely nothing we can say or do which will change the outcome.
“The only thing we can do is get on with the season as professionally as possible.”
Langeveldt had been in superb form for Derbyshire in 2008, taking 55 first-class wickets at 22.50 and 79 wickets in all competitions.
His one appearance in the IPL saw him pick up three for 15 as the Knight Riders ended the Rajasthan Royals' hopes of reaching the semi-finals with a four-wicket win in Durban.
Langeveldt played six Tests, 59 One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals for South Africa before opting to join Derbyshire on a Kolpak contract.
He also played for Somerset as an overseas player in 2005 and Leicestershire in 2007.
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