star all-rounder Liam Livingstone is hopeful to return in time for the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he continues his rehabilitation program after suffering from a knee injury a few months ago.
After a successful T20 World Cup, Livingstone was included in England’s Test team for the first time in his career and toured Pakistan
. But on his debut Test in Rawalpindi, he suffered a knee injury and was ruled out of the entire series. Since then, he was unable to make comeback and continued his rehab.
The all-rounder also suffered from an ankle injury in The Hundred last year but returned in time in the T20 World Cup.
However, the 29-year-old cricketer is optimistic about his return before the IPL, which starts on March 20, and also excited for The Hundred and The Ashes this year.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the announcement of the full fixtures for The Hundred, Livingstone said, "I am recovering from a knee injury from that one [the Pakistan tour] and was carrying an ankle problem during the World Cup.
"I am just trying to get those sorted, it's a slow process at the moment. I am heading in the right direction. Hopefully I'll be back in the next couple of months. It was disappointing [getting injured during The Hundred]. I started the tournament not great and finally got some runs at The Oval. Unfortunately, I had a bit of a freak incident and hurt my ankle. It was incredibly disappointing to have got injured at the time, especially when it's the crunch time of a tournament.
"It's going to be a long few weeks building up from rehab, and hopefully I'll be back around the IPL time so I can get back into the swing of things."
Livingstone will play for Punjab Kings in the IPL.