Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Paine to undergo surgery to repair pinched nerve. Paine is hopeful of returning to training later this month.
Paine is hopeful of returning to training later this month.
Tim Paine, the Australian Test captain, is set to undergo surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his neck, in Hobart, with a view to return to full fitness ahead of Australia's home summer.
In a release, on Monday (September 13), Cricket Australia stated, “Paine had been suffering pain in his neck and left arm due to a bulging disc which reduced his ability to train at full intensity and has not responded to treatment.”
Having consulted a spinal surgeon last week, he was recommended a surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve, which would allow him to return to training later in the month. As a result, Paine is likely to miss out of Tasmania's first two Sheffield Shield matches, which are scheduled to be played in September.
“The consensus of the spinal surgeon and the CA medical team was to have the surgery now which will allow plenty of time to fully prepare for the summer,” Paine said.
“I expect to be able to restart physical activity by the end of this month and be back in full training in October. I will be ready to go by the first Test and am very much looking forward to what will be a huge summer.”
Australia have played only four Test matches in the last 18 months – all against India last summer. The future schedules of the domestic as well as international matches in Australia continue to remain uncertain due to the prevailing pandemic and the resultant restrictions.