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12th April 2011

Stephen Harmison Talks About his Injury

“It’s really disappointing when it is down to circumstances beyond your control. The only thing I did wrong was I couldn’t get out of the way of the ball. It is unfortunate, I’ve tried twice to bowl, but it’s too painful.

“The second time it got gradually worse and it’s still sore now. A big lump has appeared and even though it didn’t show up on the x-ray, we’re worried it’s broken. I fear the worse, but we’ll have to see what the specialist says.

“It’s just unfortunate it is a freak injury like this. If my hamstring had gone, if I’d tweaked a muscle or gone over on my ankle, it would easier to deal with. That’s the most frustrating thing.

“I’ve worked so hard over the winter to get myself fit for the start of the season and I’ve been bowling okay in pre-season. I’m not going to lie to anyone, I wasn’t bowling great and I wasn’t feeling a million dollars, but I was getting there.

“I don’t know what the timescale will be if it is broken because another problem for me is batting and fielding. I’m not exactly Sir Garfield Sobers with the bat or Jonty Rhodes in the field so it’s not a major loss, we could carry it a little bit, but the fundamentals are I’ve got to be able to stop and catch the ball which I can’t do at the moment so I’ve got to be a doubt for the Yorkshire match on Thursday. It depends on how the specialist sees it and fingers crossed I’ll be able to play in the Sussex game the following week.”

Team news for Durham’s LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley will be posted online on Wednesday (13 April) afternoon.