Whatmore backs Sibanda for India series

Vusi Sibanda

Vusi Sibanda

ZIMBABWE batsman Vusi Sibanda sustained a right ankle injury, but coach Dave Whatmore is confident he will recover in time for the home series against India.

The injury occurred at Harare Sports Club during a warm-up session when a back-pedalling Sibanda stepped on team analyst Stanley Chioza’s foot.

He then rolled over his right ankle, resulting in the injury.

“I took Vusi for an X-ray, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging scans and the results are expected this afternoon,” said the team physiotherapist Anesu Mupotaringa.

“He is currently in pain and I have given him a crutch to avoid pressure on the ankle.

“I also gave him medication to help with the pain and swelling, and he will receive treatment twice daily to speed up recovery with the hope of him being fit for the India tour.”

Head coach Whatmore is confident Sibanda will return to practice in quick time.

“It was just a minor accident that left Vusi with a sprained ankle. He should be okay after a week,” Whatmore said.

Meanwhile, preparations for the home series against India are ongoing, with the squad having training sessions daily at Harare Sports Club, which will host the three One-Day International and two Twenty20 International matches of the tour.

Zimbabwe training squad

Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura,Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Roy Kaia, Tafadzwa Kamungozi,Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Donald Tiripano, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller andSean Williams. — Zimcricket.

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