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Wed Apr 23 21:39:58 SAST 2014

Boucher's doctors 'quietly optimistic'

Sapa | 26 July, 2012 12:190 Comments
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Mark Boucher of South Africa receives treatment for a second time after being struck in the face by a bale during a friendly match between Somerset and South Africa on July 9, 2012 in Taunton, England
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Former Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher could recover most of the sight in his left eye, according to his medical team.

Boucher’s doctor, Peter Sandell, said in a statement on Thursday that he was still recuperating after recent surgery.

“Due to the severity of the injury, as well as the pain related to the recent lengthy surgical procedure, Mark has been strictly house-bound,” Sandell said.

“While it is impossible to predict the long term outcome of Mark’s eye injury, his medical team are nevertheless cautiously optimistic that he will have a reasonable recovery of the vision in his left eye.

“Over the next three to six months, Mark will undergo further surgery procedures in an attempt to improve his vision.” 

Boucher was hit in the eye by a bail after a delivery struck the stumps during a tour match against Somerset in Taunton earlier this month.

He announced his retirement from international cricket the following day.

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