Andy Flower: Kevin Pietersen on course to play 'full summer' for England
Last Updated: 27/03/13 10:44am
Kevin Pietersen: Missed England's thrilling draw in Auckland
Kevin Pietersen is expected to be fit for England's first Test this summer after confirmation he will not need surgery.
The Surrey batsman was confident of avoiding an operation on the knee injury which forced him to miss England's escape act against New Zealand in Auckland and will keep him out of the Indian Premier League.
And Pietersen will instead spend a fortnight in a brace before a course of rest and rehabilitation which should get him in shape by the time the Kiwis come to Lord's on 16 May for the first of a three-Test series.
England coach Andy Flower said: "Kevin has had a further scan, which confirms a bone injury and bone bruising, and he is being put in a brace for two weeks.
"He will be off exercise, or any impact exercise, after that for another couple of weeks. Then he'll start his rehab.
"We anticipate him playing a full part in the summer. He's been in some pain, but we hope he'll be ready to go by the start of the summer."
Pietersen first complained of pain in his knee before the start of the first Test in New Zealand, and he flew home earlier this month following a scan.
England scraped a draw in the final Test in his absence, ensuring the series finished 0-0.