Craig Kieswetter may be forced to retire due to eye injury

England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter may have to retire due to an eye injury, says Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard.

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Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynward has revealed that England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter may have to cut short his career due to an eye injury.

Kieswetter was struck by a delivery from David Willey that went through the grille on his helmet in a County Championship match against Northamptonshire last July.

The 27-year-old was left with a fractured cheekbone and broken nose and Somerset stated that he would be unlikely to play this year after struggling to pick the ball up when he featured in South Africa's domestic Twenty20 tournament.

Kieswetter, who has 71 international caps to his name, is to visit at specialist in Belgium this week and Maynard said there is a danger that he may have to retire.

Maynard told BBC Somerset: "We're hoping that after he sees the specialist he'll have a method of getting his eye back to 100 per cent.

"The feedback we get from that will be quite instrumental, but potentially it could be career-ending.

"He came back for a couple of games and although he knew the eye wasn't quite right, he was just delighted to be back playing at that stage.

"But then he went out to play in South Africa in the Twenty20 and he struggled. He was struggling to pick up the line and length of the ball.

"If you can't do that, it's going to be hard to score runs and it also makes you very vulnerable.

"If we were to get him back that would be a huge lift for everyone. But we are planning for him to not be around this season."

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