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Woakes 'good to go' after more knee woe

24th February 2019, 19:54 by Craig Smithson

Chris Woakes says he is over his latest knee problem and is ready to play in England's third one-day international against West Indies.

The Warwickshire all-rounder, who sat out the three-match Test series in the Caribbean with the injury, was also forced to miss Friday's second ODI in Barbados, which the hosts won by 26 runs to level up the five-match series at 1-1.

It was feared that Woakes could again sit out Monday's match in Grenada, but the 29-year-old is adamant that he is fit to play if called up.

Woakes, who is likely to take the place of Tom Curran in the side if picked, told Sky Sports: "People are going to ask questions when you get rested from a game and you've not played much cricket but in my own mind I'm fine.

"By no means do I feel I'm coming to the end. It's something I've had to manage for the past six, seven, eight years and not something I'm overly worried about.

"A lot of people call it tendinopathy, tendonitis... it's just a dodgy knee from too much bowling. But it's not a concern. It comes with the territory.

"Of course it's in the back of my mind but I'm keeping it in the right place, keeping the rest of my body in good condition and doing everything I can to stay fit.

"If something freak happens and I break down, well that's part of professional sport. But I feel fit now and I'm good to go."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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