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  Monday, 4 November, 2002, 07:18 GMT
Tudor called up to cover Gough
England bowler Darren Gough has suffered a setback in his recovery from a long-standing knee injury.

Gough is disappointed with his swollen knee
Gough is disappointed with his swollen knee

He is now struggling to be fit for the second Ashes Test against Australia on 21 November, and that could mean he misses the entire series.

England have been forced to call up Alex Tudor as a replacement, while another paceman, Durham's Steve Harmison, is suffering from shin splints.

Gough reported swelling and discomfort in his knee after bowling two separate spells in the nets on Sunday.

The 32-year-old has been sent to the Academy in Adelaide for intensive rehabilitation.

Harmison's problem is thought to be less serious. He is not going to the Academy and England expect him to be available again in two or three days.


It's very disappointing as I felt I was nearly there with my recovery and ready to start playing again
Darren Gough

England were hoping Gough would have played in a match at Brisbane University next weekend.

He was then set to play against Australia A at Hobart on 17 November and all being well would have featured in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Gough said: "It's very disappointing as I felt I was nearly there with my recovery and ready to start playing again.

"What I want to do is work hard at the Academy and give myself the best possible chance of getting myself fit again for the remainder of the winter."

England coach Duncan Fletcher said they did not know when Gough would be fit.

Fletcher said: "It's very frustrating for him and the team that he should suffer a setback at this stage.


We'll have to wait for further guidance as to the extent of his involvement for the rest of the winter
Duncan Fletcher

"He's done everything we've asked in terms of conditioning and strengthening work and we were hoping he could play grade cricket this weekend.

"Our priority now is to ensure he gets intensive one-to-one treatment for his injury and expert medical advice.

"At this stage we can't put a time frame on Darren's recovery.

"We'll have to wait for further guidance from the specialist as to the extent of his involvement in the rest of the winter programme."

It is thought that Gough would have to be fit to play in Hobart to retain a realistic chance of playing in any Tests at all.

England drew their final warm-up match at Queensland's Allan Border Fields on Monday, Michael Vaughan hitting a century on the final day.

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 VOTE RESULTS
Should England send Darren Gough home?

Yes
 69.67% 

No
 30.33% 

10194 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
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