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Colly faces sports insurance choice

Wednesday October 7th 2009

Cricketer Paul Collingwood has been forced out of the twenty20 Champions League tournament with a torn buttock muscle, but may be named in the England squad to tour South Africa next month.

The 33-year-old all-rounder was expected to play for Delhi Daredevils, his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, next month but scans showed damage which led the ECB to veto his attendance.

The grade-two gluteal tear - similar to one that kept his colleague Stuart Broad out of a recent game with Australia - will be treated with rest and rehabilitation work.

Collingwood suffered the injury during his innings of 34 in the semi-final against the Australians.

"We have a contract with the IPL about making our players available. However, Collingwood has picked up a little niggle in his buttock," revealed coach Andy Flower, before England left South Africa at the weekend.

Collingwood is the third of Delhi's international brigade to pull out in the past week, following injuries to South Africa's AB de Villiers (back) and New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori (hamstring).

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