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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
Collingwood glad to recover
England's Paul Collingwood
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood was relieved after his quick recovery but still embarrassed after breaking his nose playing basketball.

"I was thinking I was Michael Jordan or someone like that - I had a big jump towards the basket and laid the ball off," he said.

"I was looking at that and carried on running straight into a metal post."

The 27-year-old has been given the all-clear to play in the last three matches in the West Indies.

I looked down and my nose was on the left hand side of my face
Paul Collingwood
Fortunately for Collingwood, physio Dean Conway was on hand to take him to a nearby doctor and he had his nose re-set virtually immediately.

The freak injury is the latest in a fraught winter for England.

Spinner Gareth Batty had to be rescued by lifeguards while swimming in Sri Lanka and bowler James Anderson broke his ankle playing squah on the same trip.

"I knew I'd broken it straight away because I looked down and my nose was on the left hand side of my face," said the Durham player, who missed most of last summer with a dislocated shoulder.

The tourists had been forced to train on the outdoor courts with rain leaving practice facilities waterlogged.

"There's not much to do," Collingwood added.

"There are no indoor nets so it's just a case of trying to keep ourselves occupied with fitness work and a few games here and there

"It's tough mentally more than anything else."


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