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Simon Katich

Simon Katich looks set to miss the last three Tests due to an Achilles injury which caused him obvious discomfort in Adelaide

Australia’s misery at losing the second Ashes Test was compounded by the news that Simon Katich is likely to miss the rest of the series with an Achilles problem.

The left-handed opener was hobbling noticably in making 43 yesterday, and was powerless to prevent them slipping to 304 all out - and an innings-and-71-run defeat - before lunch in Adelaide today.

On the day that England confirmed Stuart Broad’s tour has been ended by a stomach injury, Cricket Australia physio Alex Kountouris revealed Katich faces around a month on the sidelines.

“Simon Katich has struggled through the second Test match with an Achilles tendon injury that became increasingly painful during the fielding innings,” said Kountouris.

“Achilles tendinopathy can be a complex injury and, based on Simon’s current symptoms and results of a scan undertaken last night, it is unlikely that he will be available to play any further part in this Ashes Series.

“I believe that with a thorough rehabilitation program Simon will be able to return to cricket some time in the new year.”

The next Test in Perth begins next Thursday, while the final match of the series starts on January 3.

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