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Boje out for four months

South Africa's Nicky Boje will be out for at least four months after breaking a leg while fielding against England.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Southampton
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2003 03:54 PM IST

South Africa's Nicky Boje will be out for at least four months after breaking a leg while fielding against England.

Boje, 30, had a two-and-a-half hour operation in Nottingham on Wednesday to repair a broken left fibula and ruptured ankle ligaments.

He sustained the injury while fielding during the Proteas' four wicket triangular series one-day international defeat against England at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Boje, a left-arm spinner, was fielding as substitute for Martin van Jaarsveld, when he fell and had to be carried off the field by his team-mates.

"He will be in plaster for two months," South Africa spokesman Gerald de Kock said here Thursday before the team's match against Zimbabwe.

"It will be four months at least before he's back."

He added that Boje had one plate and several screws inserted in his fibula, the small bone at the side of the ankle.

South Africa physiotherapist Shane Jabaar, who accompanied Boje to hospital, said of the injury: "It's the worst I've seen."

Boje lost his place in the team to Paul Adams for Saturday's match against Zimbabwe at Cardiff.

He was not included in the squad for the five Test series against England which starts at Edgbaston on July 24.

South Africa have already qualified to play England in the Tri Series final at Lord's on Saturday.

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