Kevin Pietersen ruled out of IPL and final New Zealand Test with knee injury

The 32-year-old will return to the UK for further scans after fears he has suffered cartilage damage to his right knee, ruling him out of action for up to eight weeks.

Kevin Pietersen in action for the Dehli Daredevils.  He will now miss the 2013 IPL.
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Kevin Pietersen will miss the Indian Premier League season after suffering a knee injury that will rule him out the final Test against New Zealand.

The 32-year-old had been complaining of problems with his right knee since the warm-up match to the Test series in Queenstown earlier this month.

It is feared he has suffered cartilage damage and now the England and Wales Cricket Board have withdrawn him from all cricket - including the IPL - while he undergoes further tests.

He had been due to join up with the Delhi Daredevils, who play Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening match on April 3.

"Pietersen experienced knee pain while fielding in preparation for the four-day game in Queenstown earlier this month, ahead of the Test series," the ECB said in a statement.

"This has failed to resolve satisfactorily.

"Recent scans confirm an injury to the right knee with bone bruising and possible cartilage damage to the kneecap.

"The 32-year-old will return to the UK for further investigations and specialist review.

"The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely six-eight week period of rest and rehabilitation.

"Pietersen has therefore been withdrawn from all cricket including the Indian Premier League."

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