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Pucovski in doubt for Shield return as he battles “a few symptoms” from head knock


Australian batter Will Pucovski may not make his Sheffield Shield return this Friday against New South Wales as first hoped.

A fortnight ago Cricket Victoria general manager Shaun Graf told SEN that Pucovski was “fine” and that his most recent head knock was “definitely not a major setback”.

While Pucovski was expected to return for Victoria in Friday’s Shield game at the MCG, head coach Chris Rogers has revealed they’re still taking a cautious approach as he continues to battle symptoms.

Rogers says a final decision will be made on the opener's availability in the coming days.

“We’re monitoring his progress coming back from concussion,” Rogers said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“We travel back to Victoria today, both New South Wales and Victoria are on the same flight.

“We’ll all go back down to Victoria, so we’ll know more when we get in front of him.

“The medical team are constantly talking to him so I think there’s still a few symptoms.

“We’ve just got to see what happens when it comes to Friday and our next Shield match against New South Wales.”

The 23-year-old made his debut for Australia in the New Year’s Test against India in Sydney where he scored a well-made 62 in the first innings.

A shoulder injury ruled him out for the rest of the series, but he’s expected to be picked alongside David Warner for the first Ashes Test if he can prove his fitness in the Shield in the next month.

The first Ashes Test begins on December 8 at the Gabba.

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