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Pietersen set to miss entire IPL season

England star Kevin Pietersen is set to miss the entire IPL season after the ECB announced he will under go hernia surgery at the end of the World Cup.

Pietersen was first diagnosed with the injury during England's one day series against Australia at the start of the year but the 30-year-old remains fit enough to continue playing for England during this month’s World Cup.

After the surgery Pietersen will face six weeks of rehabilitation meaning he will miss the entire Indian Premier League season for his new team the Deccan Chargers.

"I'm obviously extremely disappointed to have picked up this hernia injury but I've been able to manage it so far throughout the World Cup and will continue to do so," said Pietersen.

"It will no doubt impact my preparation but careful management should see me still play a significant role in the team's campaign. Representing England in a World Cup is something I've been looking forward to for the past four years," he added.

"I'm bitterly disappointed to be missing the IPL but can take comfort from the fact that I will be fit for the start of a very exciting English summer against Sri Lanka and India."

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