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Pietersen absence is simply a 'precaution', insist medics

ENGLAND medics insist there is no need for concern over Kevin Pietersen&rsquo;s Achilles injury, which has ruled him out of the one-day series with the West Indies.<br /><br />The Hampshire batsman has been ordered to rest after suffering a recurrence of the injury during the second Test victory at Durham last week.<br /><br />But any suggestion that Pietersen may be forced to sit out the Twenty20 World Cup or even the Ashes series were quickly dismissed by England&rsquo;s medical team yesterday, who insisted the 28-year-old was sitting out as a precaution ahead of today&rsquo;s first one-dayer at Headingley.<br /><br />Chief medical officer Nick Peirce explained: &ldquo;The injury would not necessarily prevent him from playing, but by giving him a precautionary period of time out to receive some concentrated treatment and rest, we are enabling the niggle to settle down in preparation of the ICC World Twenty20 and the Ashes.&rdquo;<br /><br />Pietersen added: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely disappointed to be missing out as I was looking forward to playing a significant part in what should be an exciting and closely-fought series.<br /><br />&ldquo;But although I&rsquo;m frustrated to be leaving a happy and successful dressing room, I&rsquo;m absolutely confident this will help me overcome what has up until now been a minor ongoing injury.&rdquo;<br /><br />Outcast Ian Bell and uncapped Middlesex batsman Eion Morgan are battling in out to replace Pietersen for a starting place.