Australian opener David Warner has revealed that it will take him 6-9 months to recover fully from his groin injury but will be back on the field to play for New South Wales on March 4.
The left-hander suffered the injury in the ODI series against India in November 2020 and was out of the game for over a month. He returned to play the final two Tests against the Indians but is yet to completely recover from the same.
Warner said during Fox Cricket's coverage of the first T20I between Australia and New Zealand, "I am almost back to full 100 percent sprinting in a straight line. This next week is getting back to fielding, picking up, throwing, very difficult that was [in the] last couple of weeks, even trying to throw."
"Now it's all about lateral, running between wickets, building that up. It's just the tendon that has got that slight tear in it now. It's going to aggravate me for the next six to nine months but I am sure the medicos will help me out there," he added.
These words were perceived by some as Warner would return to play after 6-9 months. The 34-year-old took to Twitter to clarify his comments with the hashtag 'horse's mouth.
He wrote, "Just to clarify a comment I made on commentary last night, that “My Groin”will need ongoing treatment and will have an annoying pain for at least 6-9 months. I am returning to play for NSW on the 4th March 2021 #horsesmouth"
Just to clarify a comment I made on commentary last night, that “My Groin”will need on going treatment and will have an annoying pain for at least 6-9 months. I am returning to play for NSW on the 4th March 2021 #horsesmouth— David Warner (@davidwarner31) February 23, 2021
Further, the southpaw also said that he will have to teach his brain to fight the pain and play. Warner to talked some of those who had suffered a similar injury to get on the right path to progress.
He said, "I have spoken to a few people that have actually had that type of injury and they have just said it's a niggle. You have just got to teach your brain to not worry about the pain and that it's not going to happen again."
"It's just getting back that confidence to sidestep and run as hard as I can and dive around again. Once I get that, I will be right to go. It's just not 100 percent there yet," Warner concluded.
(With ANI inputs)