Coetzee struck by injury again

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Gerald Coetzee PHOTO: LOUIS BOTHA/GALLO

The VKB Knights seamer, Gerald Coetzee’s fledgling first-class career has been dealt another major blow as the player has been side-lined again through injury.

The impressive fast blower only started playing again a few weeks ago after he had sustained a hamstring injury during the final days of the Knights preseason.

This injury saw the 20-year-old bowler missing out on the Knights’ wins over the Warriors and the Dolphins in Bloemfontein earlier in November.

Coetzee made his return to the park against the Lions at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, and he played in the following win against the Dolphins in Durban.

This time, Coetzee has sustained a grade two tear in his hamstring, and he will miss out on the recent of the Knights CSA 4-Day Series campaign.

He is only expected to be in action towards the middle of January during the Momentum One-Day Cup.

The Knights coach, Allan Donald, confirmed to Bloemfontein Courant that Coetzee has been ruled out and they are seeking to send the youngster to a specialist.

“Unfortunately Gerald is out until the January one-day matches. He has a grade two tear, which is worse than the one before. We are currently seeking some proper specialist advice for him because he has got a neural problem.

“We hope he will be joining us again in the one-dayers and that he will be healthy again to play for us. We are not going to risk him at all and Duan Jansen will slot into that role.”

Earlier in the year, Coetzee missed out on most of the Junior Proteas ICC U19 Cricket World Cup campaign in South Africa after sustaining an injury to his toe during the tournament.

The Knights’ next game in the 4-day domestic series will be against the Lions, and this match will start at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein at 10:00 on Sunday morning. – MORGAN PIEK