Injury scare for Dutch captain Borren

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Colombo, Feb 15 (AFP) The Netherlands captain PeterBorren missed another World Cup warm-up game with an abdominalinjury today, giving his team serious worries just a weekbefore their first match in the tournament.

The injury is causing the 27-year-old pain whilebowling, and he struggled in nets yesterday ahead of histeam''s second and last warm-up match against Kenya in Colombo.

He also missed his side''s first warm-up match againstSri Lanka on Saturday, which the hosts won by 156 runs.

Team manager Ed van Nierop said no final decision hadbeen made on Borren and only the medical team would be able tosay whether he will be fit for the team''s World Cup openeragainst England in Nagpur on February 22.

"It is the same injury Stuart Broad suffered," vanNierop told AFP.

"The medical team has continued to assess him, but theproblem is that the two MRI scans have shown nothing."

England''s frontline paceman Broad suffered an abdominalmuscle injury after the Adelaide Test in the Ashes seriesagainst Australia last year, which forced him to miss the lastthree Tests and the one-day series.

Borren will have six days after the England game torecover before the next match against the West Indies inDelhi.

"We had the first scan in Dubai earlier this month butthat too didn''t show anything," said the manager.

Borren, who bowls right-arm medium and bats in themiddle-order, has so far played 39 one-day internationals andwas part of the Dutch team in the last World Cup held in theCaribbean four years ago.

The Netherlands are in Group B of the 14-team event,which is being jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka andBangladesh between February 19 to April 2.

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