Smith may have put recovery plan in danger: Doctor

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Graeme Smith's doctor Frank Burke believes the South African skipper might have done some damage to his recovery plans by deciding to bat and not rest.

Updated: January 08, 2009 17:50 IST
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Graeme Smith's courageous decision to bat with a broken finger and an injured elbow might have earned him respect of the cricketing world, but Frank Burke, who injected blood into his elbow, believes the South African skipper might have done some damage to his recovery plans by the brave move.

Burke conducted the autologous procedure - in which blood was taken from Smith's arm, then injected into the torn tendon in his right elbow on Monday.

The procedure requires some period of rest but Smith defied all odds and came out to bat at no 11 in the second innings to save his side from defeat.

Although Burke lauded Smith for team-manship, he feels the skipper's heroics could jeopardise his chances of playing the first Test against Australia in Johannesburg next month.

"From a medical perspective, he's undone the good work of the procedure. Usually, that kind of treatment requires two weeks of good rest, but that is his decision," Melbourne-based Burke was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

"It's a fascinating move going out to bat, and he obviously felt that he was doing the best thing for the team. He could have the injection again, but I'm not sure what his intentions are," he added.

While going out to bat, Smith removed the cast from the hand that sustained the injury when a Mitchel Johnson delivery struck him in the first innings.

Despite all odds, he scored three runs from 17 balls but it was not enough to avert a 103-run defeat.

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