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Australian swimming great 'in good spirits' in hospital

Fears that Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe could lose his arm after contracting a serious infection in his shoulder have been played down by his manager. Australian media reported the 31-year-old could lose the use of his arm.

But manager James Erskine said: "He's not well but not in intensive care and no one has ever suggested he will lose the use of his arm."

Erskine told BBC World Service: "He is on antibiotics but in good spirits."

The five-time Olympic champion was admitted to rehab for depression earlier this year after being found by police behaving oddly near a car in Sydney.

He had taken anti-depressants and medication for a shoulder injury - sustained in a fall at home - but was not under the influence of alcohol.

Erskine said: "He's had major surgery on a broken shoulder. Plates and pins. It wasn't successful and they had to operate again.

"During that second operation he got an infection while he was in hospital. This was on top of rehab for depression. The infection really flared up when he left hospital.

"The x-ray looks like the bionic man. He has tubes everywhere."

Posted on 2014-04-10 07:26:24
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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