Injured Duminy hopeful of recovery

Updated 12 November 2012
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Injured Duminy hopeful of recovery

BRISBANE: South Africa batsman JP Duminy is remaining positive after the “freakish” injury that ruled him out of the test series against Australia and could sideline him from all cricket for six months.
Duminy ruptured his left Achilles tendon during a warm-down session following the opening day’s play of the first Test at the Gabba on Friday. He had an operation to reattach the tendon this weekend but faces a lengthy recovery period of between four and six months.
“I’m still quite young, I still have a long career ahead of me,” Duminy said yesterday. “I’m quite positive about these types of things, over the next four to six months it’s about me putting in the hard work again and making sure I come back to full strength.” The 28-year-old batsman said he hurt himself changing direction during training runs on the pitch. He initially thought he had been hit by a ball before realizing the extent of the injury.
“It was a bit freakish,” Duminy said. “Initially I thought the ball hit me at the back of the foot or somebody slapped me because I heard a clicking sound, but when I turned around and saw that there was nobody behind me I knew that something was wrong.” Duminy, who has established himself as an important part of the top-ranked Proteas Test team, is also set to miss home series against New Zealand and Pakistan early next year.
He was due to return home soon but was tweeting from his hospital bed in Brisbane before and after his surgery on Saturday, thanking teammates and fans for their messages and support.
“Night spent in hospital and been taken well care of, gonna be watching the game from my room today!” Duminy wrote on Twitter as he followed the remainder of the opening Test.


Late stunner from Toni Kroos gives Germany vital win over Sweden

Updated 24 June 2018
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Late stunner from Toni Kroos gives Germany vital win over Sweden

  • Kroos curled a right-foot shot from the left edge of the area inside the far post after a set piece
  • Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F

SOCHI: Toni Kroos has revived Germany's World Cup hopes with a superb late strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win for the defending champions over Sweden.
Kroos curled a right-foot shot from the left edge of the area inside the far post after a set piece, with Germany down to 10 men. He tapped the ball to Marco Reus from the free kick and then launched his strike into the top corner.
Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico. It is now second in the group, three points behind Mexico and level with Sweden. Mexico had a 2-1 victory over winless South Korea 2-1 earlier Saturday.
Sweden opened the scoring with Ola Toivonen in the first half after a counterattack that started with a passing mistake by Kroos' near midfield.
Reus equalized three minutes into the second half with a shot from inside the area after a pass by Timo Werner.
Germany played the final minutes with 10 men as Jerome Boateng was sent off for a second yellow card for a hard challenge on Marcus Berg.
Halftime substitute Mario Gomez had one of the best chances for Germany with a close-range header in the 88th that was saved by goalkeeper Robin Olsen.