Eye Injury May Ruin England Keeper Kieswetter's Career

Updated: 20 January 2015 12:51 IST

Craig Kieswetter's cricket career could be over as a result of the eye injury he suffered in July last year.

Eye Injury May Ruin England Keeper Kieswetter
A file photo of English cricket player Craig Kieswetter. © AP

An eye injury is likely to ruin England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter's cricket career. The 27-year-old was injured in July and has been ruled out of the 2015 County season.

Kieswetter, who plays for Somerset, damaged his eye socket when a ball smashed through his helmet grill while batting against Northamptonshire. He also broke his nose and injured his cheekbone.

After undergoing facial surgery, the England player briefly returned to cricket in September. While playing for Warriors in a domestic T20 match in South Africa, he found out that his vision was still not fine.

Somerset's director of cricket Matthew Maynard said on Monday that Kieswetter will undergo further check-ups with a Belgian specialist this week. "We're hoping that after he sees the specialist he'll have a method of getting his eye back to 100 percent," Maynard told the BBC.

"The feedback we get from that will be quite instrumental but potentially it could be career-ending."

Kieswetter, who has played 46 ODIs and has an average of 30.11, was included in England's initial 30-man squad for next month's World Cup but was later replaced by Sam Billings.

(With agency inputs)

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