Queensland and Australian leg-spinner Mitch Swepson could miss the rest of the domestic season after scans found a stress fracture in his neck.
Swepson who spent all summer in the Test squad and was set to go on the postponed tour of South Africa, had been dealing with neck pain during the Big Bash.
He played the last six matches for the Brisbane Heat but spoke to medical staff before the resumption of the domestic seasons.
The 27-year-old, who has played four T20s for Australia, was sent for scans which revealed a stress fracture in the C6 vertebrae, which is not a common injury for spinners.
Medical officials have recommended six weeks with no bowling and will re-scan and re-test him after that period to ascertain the next course of action.
Swepson won’t be rushed back.
“It is certainly not a common injury with spinners for instance, and so while Australian Cricket has a great deal of information about managing stress fractures in fast bowlers, it is not quite as clear cut in Mitch’s case,’’ QC Sports science & Sports Medicine Manager, and former Bulls batsman, Martin Love said he said.
“We will work closely with Mitch and Cricket Australia to manage his recovery. We are encouraged by the successful returns of many bowlers who have had to deal with back stress fractures during their careers so hopefully this case proves relatively straight forward.”
Swepson said he was optimistic of making a complete return to playing.
“I’m obviously extremely disappointed that I can’t be out there playing for Queensland right now but I’m trying to remain positive and will be doing everything that I can to get some games in towards the end of the season,” he said.
Swepson was the leading wicket-taker in the first phase of the Sheffield Shield taking 23 wickets at 21.17, including three five-wicket hauls in six innings.
He played three games for Australia in the T20 series against India in December, and was player of the match in the final game.
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