Sydney, April 29 (IANS) Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee is ‘shattered’ by his latest injury but he could return to the side by June, team physio Alex Kountouris says.
The 33-year-old paceman broke down with a strain of the pronator teres muscle in his right forearm during Tuesday’s World Twenty20 warm-up game against Zimbabwe in St Lucia.
‘He was very disappointed, gutted,’ Kountouris was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Lee will be replaced by Ryan Harris who is preparing to board a flight from Brisbane to the Caribbean.
Lee heads to Sydney for more scans to assess his recovery time, which Kountouris says could be five weeks.
‘If he wants to come back from this he can,’ Kountouris says.
‘The common factor (in Lee’s injuries) is he has got to come back and he has got to do something that is very difficult to do at the best of times and he’s trying to do it with a body that is being rehabilitated.’
‘It’s whether he wants to keep doing it and so far he has It’s (injury) serious enough to send him home, but I think as a long-term injury it shouldn’t be that serious,’ he said.
Lee hasn’t represented Australia since a one-day game against India in October 2009.
His past two Australian summers have been ruined by ankle and elbow surgery. He also failed to play a Test on the 2009 Ashes tour after suffering a side strain and has since retired from the five-day game.
He was unable to complete his Indian Premier League this year because of a fractured thumb.