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Mark Boucher’s medical team are cautiously optimistic the former South Africa wicketkeeper will have a "reasonable recovery" of the vision in his left eye.

The 35-year-old had to leave the tour of England following the career-ending injury he suffered when a bail hit him in the eye during a tour game against Somerset at Taunton earlier this month.

Following an emergency operation in England, he flew home and last week underwent a second exploratory procedure in Cape Town as his compatriots were beginning the three-match Investec Test series at the Kia Oval.

Mark Boucher

Mark Boucher's medical team are optimistic that he will have a "reasonable recovery" after being struck by a bail during a tour match with Somerset

Cricket South Africa reported after the latest procedure that the outcome looked “very positive”, and the latest update was also good news.

"Mark is currently in the recuperation stage after recent surgery to his left eye," Boucher’s GP, Dr Peter Sandell, said in a statement issued on the player’s behalf by Cricket South Africa.

"Due to the severity of the injury, as well as the pain related to the recent lengthy surgical procedure, Mark has been strictly house-bound.

"While it is impossible to predict the long-term outcome of Mark's eye injury, his medical team are nevertheless cautiously optimistic that he will have a reasonable recovery of the vision in his left eye.

"Over the next three to six months, Mark will undergo further surgery procedures in an attempt to improve his vision."

Boucher’s manager, Donne Commins, confirmed his client had been unable to respond to well-wishers but was thankful for all the messages of support he had received.

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