IPL runners up Kings XI Punjab are all set to miss the services of their speedster Mitchell Johnson in the forthcoming Champions League T20. Johnson, who was supposed to play for Kings XI Punjab has confirmed that he is ongoing a treatment for an injury in the tip of a rib.
“Mitch had some rib pain during the recent ODI tour of Zimbabwe. Since returning to Australia, he has had some scans that have confirmed some irritation of the tip of the rib,” said Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris. He also added that “As such he has had a break from bowling since returning to Australia and is having regular treatment to resolve the problem. He has not fully recovered as yet and will be reviewed over the next week.”
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard adding: “Due to medical advice Mitch has not been released to play in the CLT20 tournament at this time. A decision on his release to play for the Kings XI will depend on how he responds to treatment.” He will also be monitored closely and his availability in the UAE tour depends on his response to the treatment as the CA is not willing to take risk on their players with the World Cup just 4 months away.
With his absence, the Kings XI are left with only four foreigners which includes skipper George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Thisara Perera. Kings XI begin their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes tomorrow.