Australia all-rounder Shane Watson new injury worry for Michael Clarke ahead of South Africa Test
Shane Watson is Australia's latest injury worry ahead of their Test series with South Africa due to a calf problem.
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH
Last Updated: 04/11/12 8:03am
Watson was playing for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match with Queensland in Brisbane when he pulled up with a calf injury.
The 31-year-old had just finished bowling his first over of the day when he ended his follow-through short due to the problem.
Watson stayed on the field for a further over before retreating to the dressing room for treatment - following a chat with New South Wales and Australia Test captain Michael Clarke.
The injury-prone Watson was treated by medical staff, who only said he had a sore calf, and will continue to be monitored during the second day of the game.
It is the last thing Clarke's Australia need a week before their first Test against South Africa, with a number of other injuries effecting the team.
Former captain Ricky Ponting has been withdrawn from Tasmania's game as a precaution due to a tight hamstring, while paceman Pat Cummings has already been ruled out for the season with a back injury.
Current Test vice-captain Watson has struggled with injuries continually over his career, and his calf has troubled him for the last few months having been sent home during the one-day series defeat in England.
Watson also returned him early from the Champions League Twenty20 competition in South Africa last month, and the four-day Sheffield Shield game was meant to be his big warm-up for the Test series.
Clarke will now be sweating on the influential all-rounder as he prepares to face the Proteas in the first Test which starts on Friday in Brisbane.