David Warner, Steven Smith
David Warner (Credits - Getty)

Yet another star player has become the victim of an injury concern. The swashbuckling left-handed batsman David Warner has sustained a blow on his Elbow during his stint at Bangladesh Premier League 2019. Meanwhile, in the latest development, it comes to know that Warner needs to go under the knives for minor surgery.

The suspended batsman will check in for an assessment in Melbourne on Tuesday before it is anticipated he’ll receive a clean up of his problematic elbow on the same day. Perhaps, the injury was a minor one for Warner, as he continued to play for his franchise despite the injury, where he scored 61 and 69 in his last 2 innings.

David Warner will be fit in less duration:

Cricket Australia’s website said Warner’s condition was not believed to be as serious as the elbow injury sustained by Smith, also in the Bangladesh tournament. Smith, 29, underwent surgery last week for the same concern. He is expected to spend six weeks in a brace before extensive rehabilitation.

David Warner, Steven Smith
David Warner. Credits: AFP

Both Warner and Smith will have served their bans by March 28. It makes them eligible for selection in the middle of the One-Day International series against Pakistan. David Warner is expected to be available. Meanwhile, Smith will be up against time and might even go on to miss the early stages of the Indian Premier League.

The injuries could hamper both players’ preparation for the World Cup. Smith will be in a race against time to get some game-time in the IPL and the one-day series against Pakistan in April. That will be Australia’s last international hit-out before the World Cup.

Well, it is going to be interesting to see how things would pan out for both the discarded cricketers. There is a good chance for Warner to be back. Meanwhile, Smith may even miss the grand event and Ashes if rehab doesn’t go well.

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