Collingwood checked upon return

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Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood tried to engineer an England recovery against Australia with an ebullient 34 from 30 balls

Paul Collingwood will undergo a medical check when he returns home from England duty, ahead of his scheduled participation in the Twenty20 Champions League.

All-rounder Collingwood is contracted to play for Indian Premier League side Delhi Daredevils in the 20-over club competition held in India from October 8-23.

However, his fitness will be reviewed before he jets off to the subcontinent, after tweaking a muscle in one of his buttocks - a similar injury to that which kept Stuart Broad out of yesterday’s ICC Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to Australia.

“We have a contract with the IPL about making our players available, however Collingwood has picked up a little niggle in his buttock,” said England team director Andy Flower.

“He is going back to England with us and will have a scan. A proper assessment and decision will be made on him.

“It is a genuine injury. We don’t know how bad it is but he definitely did something when he played one of his first pull shots on Friday against Australia.

“He actually struggled through the game with that problem. It is not in any way trying to get him rest.”

The next four weeks will provide Broad, who has picked up a number of niggles throughout this Ashes year, with the chance to rest his troublesome left knee.

Flower said: “He has been playing a lot of cricket and he’s only a young bloke.

“He needs to get this balance between rest and strength and conditioning. Our physical people work closely with him on that.”

The England team is scheduled to land back in the UK tomorrow morning.

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