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Sam Billings may be out for three to five months after shoulder dislocation

There is significant damage to his shoulder and Billings will need to undergo a surgery which is scheduled next week.

Sam Billings
Sam Billings of England poses. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

England batsman Sam Billings is set for a long layoff after he injured himself in Cardiff in a Royal London One-Day game, playing for Kent. The 27-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was in India for a month. He was with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking part in the 12th season of the IPL. However, he played just one game when MS Dhoni decided to rest. Billings flew back only a week ago and in the first game for Kent, he dislocated his shoulder.

That injury has ruled him out of the upcoming ODI against Ireland and T20Is against Pakistan. He wasn’t picked in the 17-man ODI squad to face Pakistan later next month. Ben Foakes has been named his replacement in the England squad. It is Foakes’ first England call-up in white-ball cricket.

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Will need three-five months to get fit

Sam Billings’ injury seems pretty bad and it is reported that he might just miss the entire home summer this year. In fact, Kent have put a timeline of three to five months for his return. Paul Downton, Kent’s director of cricket updated on the wicketkeeper-batsman’s injury. There is significant damage to his shoulder and Billings will need to undergo a surgery which is scheduled next week. Downtown also admitted that everyone at Kent felt for Billings as he felt it’s a shame that he picked up an injury this early in the summer.

“Sam has seen a specialist this morning, where he underwent a scan to assess the extent of his injury. The scan highlighted significant damage to his shoulder, meaning he will require surgical intervention. This surgery has been scheduled for next week and it is anticipated that he will be back to fitness within three-five months,” Paul Downton was quoted saying.

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