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Peter Siddle faces lengthy layoff due to back injury

Peter Siddle faces lengthy layoff due to back injury
Peter Siddle has picked 208 wickets from 61 Tests for Australia.
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Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle, who suffered back spasms during the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington is set to be out of action for a lengthy period of time after scans revealed a stress fracture.

Siddle was ruled out of the second Test in Christchurch which Australia won by seven wickets to claim a 2-0 series win and thereby became the number one ranked Test side.

The Australian team physiotherapist, David Beakley confirmed that scans on Siddle's lower back have revealed a stress fracture which will require a "lengthy rehabilitation process."

“Peter [Siddle] returned to Melbourne on Monday and had scans following the bout of back pain he suffered during the first Test in Wellington.

“Unfortunately those scans have indicated a stress fracture in his lower back.

“He will now require a significant amount of time away from the game with a lengthy rehabilitation process.” 

Beakley also revealed that the team management will use this rehabilitation period to conduct a surgery to treat Siddle's ongoing trouble with his left ankle.

However, Beakley also stated that a time frame for Siddle’s return to action can only be drawn after the completion of the surgery.

“Whilst he is laid off with his current back injury, we will take the opportunity for Peter to have exploratory surgery on his left ankle to investigate and treat the cause of his ongoing ankle pain.

“Once that surgery is complete we will have a better idea of his prognosis and likely rehabilitation time frame.”

During the One-Day International series at home against Pakistan in 2010, Siddle suffered a similar stress fracture in his lower back which kept him out of action for nine months.

For the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch, Siddle was replaced in the lineup by James Pattinson, who picked up six wickets in the match.

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