Tsotsobe To Undergo Ankle Surgery

Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Lonwabo Tsotsobe will undergo ankle surgery next week
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South African left-arm fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe will undergo surgery on his right ankle next week to correct a long-standing problem.

Tsotsobe needs an operation to alleviate a right ankle posterior talar impingement syndrome which has been affecting him for the last 18 months.

Following surgery, Tsotsobe will be unavailable for a period of two to three months, meaning he is likely to miss South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka in July.

"Lonwabo has been suffering from this ankle problem for the last year and a half and this is the first gap we have had which minimises his time out of the game," Dr Mohammed Moosajee said.

"It's a fairly common injury among fast bowlers and will be conducted by a renowned ankle specialist in Pretoria.
"The recovery time is quite extensive so Lonwabo will probably be unavailable for selection for the tour to Sri Lanka, but we will be working hard to have him ready for the tour to Zimbabwe in August."

Tsotsobe, who has played five Tests, 61 One-Day Internationals and 23 Twenty20 Internationals for the Proteas, was part of the squad which reached the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh earlier this month.

South Africa head to Sri Lanka to play three One-Day Internationals and three Tests between 6th and 24th July with a warm-up game on 3rd July in Moratuwa.

The Zimbabwe tour which follows comprises a Test match and an ODI tri-series also including Australia.

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