Thursday 16 August 2007 

Steve Harmison Ruled Out Of FP Trophy Final

Durham County Cricket Club fast bowler Stephen Harmison will not be available for the Friends Provident Trophy Final on Saturday due to a back injury sustained in the LV County Championship against Surrey at the Riverside.

Harmison had returned from a hernia operation sooner than expected and this latest set-back is an unrelated injury. After feeling discomfort while bowling during the Surrey innings, Harmison has had two scans, which have identified internal bleeding in his back which is thought to be related to a muscle injury. Although Stephen will bat today, if required, he will not bowl and it is not currently known when Stephen will return to action.

Durham CCC Head Coach Geoff Cook said, “Everyone is devastated for Stephen. He has worked so hard to come back from his operation and was looking forward to playing at Lord’s. This is a cruel blow for him but when one door closes another one opens and this is a real opportunity for another one of our talented squad.”

Stephen Harmison said, “The severity of the injury has surprised everyone and the timing couldn’t be worse. Having played for Durham through the lean years I was looking forward to making my mark in Durham’s first ever final and I’m heartbroken I won’t be playing.

“However, we have a strong squad and whoever steps up to take my place will be a quality player. It doesn’t matter which eleven players we put out at Lord’s we have a good chance of bringing the trophy back to Durham and I’ll be in London with the team to give them any help they need”

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