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Lynn set to miss PSL, return to Brisbane

Right-hander to be assessed further after suffering another shoulder injury during T20 final in Auckland

Louis Cameron at Eden Park

21 February 2018, 08:57 PM AEST

Lynn leaves the field with shoulder injury

Australia's Chris Lynn will return to Brisbane for further medical asessment after he suffered yet another shoulder injury in Auckland on Wednesday night.

The hard-hitting right-hander has all but ruled himself out of the upcoming Pakistan Super League, but is still hopeful of playing in the Indian Premier League later this year.

"I'm disappointed to not go to the Pakistan Super League as planned (this week), but I’ll now focus on rehabilitation and working as hard as I can, with the hope to still take part in the Indian Premier League later this year," he said.

In a devastating sight for fans of of the entertaining Australian, Lynn suffered the blow after an awkward fall during the ninth over of the Black Caps' innings at Eden Park.

Lynn in the hands of medical staff //
Lynn in the hands of medical staff //

Fielding at mid-wicket, Lynn sprinted to his left to stop a ball and reached across his body with his right arm before appearing to jar it on the turf.

Australia's medical staff inspected the damage and escorted Lynn from the field, with the batsman clutching his right arm in pain.

It was later confirmed that Lynn had popped his right shoulder out. While medical staff were able to put it back in place, he was sent for scans and later emerged with his arm in a sling.

"Chris dislocated his right shoulder after landing awkwardly on it when fielding the ball," said Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris.

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"His shoulder was able to be put back into place at the ground and he was consequently sent for X-Rays which revealed no major bone injury.

"At this stage Chris will not travel to the Pakistan Super League in Dubai. He will return to Brisbane to undergo further scans and assessment and from there we will have a better understanding of the ongoing management, along with the return to play timeframes."

Lynn said he was hopeful of playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL later this year.

Lynn has made a conscious effort not to dive this summer following a series of crippling shoulder injuries. His left shoulder has been operated on three times.

Lynn leaves the field with physio Alex Kountouris //
Lynn leaves the field with physio Alex Kountouris //

He returned to the KFC Big Bash League with his club Brisbane Heat ahead of schedule having undergone surgery on his left shoulder over the winter.

Asked on Sunday whether he'd ever be comfortable diving again, Lynn said: 'I don't know. I try not to think about it to be honest.

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"It's something that's played on my mind for about four years. let's go one step at a time – I want to dive, there's no doubt about that, I want to do well and contribute.

"But at the moment, I don't want to have another setback because I feel like I'm making good ground."

Lynn has struck 44, 0, 31 and 18 in his return to the national T20 side in this series.