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Watson likely to be fit for World Cup

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who is sitting out of the ongoing Indian Premier League due to a groin strain, is expected to be fit for next month's Twenty20 World Championship and the Ashes series in July.

Cricket Australia medical staff, who examined the 29 year-old on his return to Australia from the ODI series against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, found his injury to be minor.

They will now monitor Watson over the coming weeks.

"Scans have confirmed a minor right groin injury to Shane and we expect him to be fit to play in the ICC World Twenty20. He'll be monitored over the coming weeks and is expected to be available for consideration for Ashes selection," Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said in a statement.

Watson picked up the injury during the seven-wicket loss to Pakistan in the one-off Twenty20 match in Dubai on Thursday and then returned to Australia rather than going to South Africa for an IPL stint with the Rajasthan Royals.

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