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Australia expect injury-plagued paceman Ryan Harris to be fit for the Ashes, despite the 33-year-old returning home early from the Indian Premier League with an Achilles problem.

Ryan Harris

Paceman Ryan Harris should be fit for this summer's Ashes, according to Cricket Australia, despite suffering yet another injury setback

Harris sustained the injury in his left leg while on duty with Kings XI Punjab but Cricket Australia is confident he will recover in time to take part in the summer showpiece, and the Australia A tour of the British Isles which precedes it.

CA chief medical officer Justin Paoloni said: "Ryan Harris has returned from IPL duties with Kings XI Punjab with a left Achilles tendon injury.

"Scans showed the injury was not serious and he will undergo intensive rehabilitation with the aim of him being available to take part in the Australia A series and we expect he will be fit to play in the Ashes."

CA also believes Mitchell Starc will be back from ankle surgery in time to play in the Champions Trophy, which takes place in June.

Paoloni added: "Mitchell Starc is recovering as expected from arthroscopic ankle surgery.

"Currently he is meeting all clinical timeframes and with this progress the target is to play ICC Champions Trophy and then the Ashes."

The first Ashes Test is at Trent Bridge from July 10.