Thursday 8 May 2008 

Morne Morkel To Fly Home To South Africa After Injury

South African international fast bowler Morne Morkel will play no further part in Yorkshire's season after he was diagnosed with a grade Two hamstring tear which he picked up in their LV County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire last week.

Morkel, a short-term replacement for Pakistani Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, will return home to South Africa for treatment and rehabilitation ahead of South Africa's tour of England later this summer.

"I am really upset that an injury is forcing me to return home," Morkel said. "Everyone at Yorkshire has made me very welcome and I was desperate to take some wickets and get Yorkshire off to the best possible start. I wish the Club every success this season and look forward to seeing everyone again when I am back here for the Tests and One Day Internationals with South Africa. Hopefully my chance of playing county cricket for Yorkshire has not gone forever."

Martyn Moxon, Director of Professional Cricket, added: "We are all sad to see Morne depart so soon after his arrival. He was fitting in well, provided our bowling attack with some variety as he is a genuinely quick bowler.

"We wish him all the best in his recovery. We have a strong squad and as Rana Naved will be unable to be registered as a Yorkshire player before May 19th there is now a chance for one of our other seamers to grab an unexpected first team opportunity."






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