Melbourne, Dec.4 : Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has assured his fans that his well-publicised wrist injury is little more than a niggle and it will, hopefully, be healed by the end of the summer.
Ponting visited surgeon Greg Hoy in Melbourne today for a scan on his right wrist - which has previously been operated on - and was told there no need for cortisone injections or other treatment for the injury.
"It was not a necessity for me to go and see the surgeon, it was more of a check-up," Ponting said.
"As everyone knows, I've had a bit of discomfort over the past few months but most players on the international scene have a bit of pain they've got to carry through every season," he added.
The right-hander said the injury had not forced him to miss any matches or curtail his training, but conceded the fortnight's break until the next Test match in Perth was good for his wrist.
"Right at the moment it's an inflammatory-type injury ... and hitting straight down the ground's probably where I have the most discomfort, but as you can see from the game last week in Adelaide, I was hitting the ball down the ground probably as well as I have in a long time," Ponting said.
"I'll keep working on [my wrist], I'll keep icing it, I'll keep doing all the treatment that I need to do over a difficult period and hope that by the end of the summer it's not around any more," The Age quoted him, as saying in a press conference.