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Cricket news - Will Young set to undergo shoulder surgery, targets home summer for return

Young, who was handed a central contract recently, will be out for 6-9 months

Uncapped New Zealand batsman Will Young is set for a long spell on the sidelines after confirming that he will undergo surgery on his shoulder. Young suffered an injury last month during a training camp in Lincoln and that has hampered his throwing capacity. Even though he carried on with the bat scoring 60 for New Zealand XI against an Australian XI in Brisbane, the right-hander is wary of causing further damage to the shoulder and hence will go under the knife after the final game of the series.

"I had a MRI scan the day before I flew out to Australia and the results weren't good. I've done some damage in there that requires surgery. I've had a chat to [coach Gary Stead] and the physios and the doctors and we've come to the conclusion that surgery will be required on my shoulder," Young told Radio Sport.

The surgery will keep Young out of action for a period between 6-9 months which will make it difficult for him to recover in time to be in contention for the Test series in Australia this December. The news comes as a major setback for the 26-year-old who had just received a national contract for the 2019-20 season.

"So, after these games in Australia, I'm going to be returning home to get that surgery done as soon as possible and to start the lengthy rehab process, which is something I'm not looking forward to and is hugely gutting, just after it was announced that I was getting a contract," he said.

Young was all set to make his Test debut earlier this year when he was named as Kane Williamson's replacement for the final Test against Bangladesh at Christchurch before the game got called off following the terror attacks. Even though the probability of him being named as a replacement in the World Cup squad in case of an injury to any of the regular batsman was high, Young's decision to go for the surgery as soon as possible was influenced by the fact that he still might not get to feature in the playing XI.

"There's a huge amount of 'ifs' going all the way to England as batting cover - you might get added to the squad if something bad happens to one of the top batsmen, but you're not even guaranteed there to get a game, so there were too many 'ifs' to play through the pain and go down that route," he pointed out. "It means I'm not going over to play some club cricket in England, and perhaps be batting cover over there, but I need to be able to throw and hopefully I've got a few more years left in me yet.

"So I'll get that throwing shoulder sorted and then hit the ground running by next New Zealand summer. I think the right decision was made to get back home, and get it sorted out as soon as possible."

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