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Cricket: Graveney sure of Vaughan's return.

England are backing captain Michael Vaughan to win his battle to overcome a serious knee injury and make a return to international cricket.

Vaughan's long-term knee injury has prevented him playing for England since he was forced to return home from Pakistan prior to Christmas and has already ruled him out of this winter's Ashes series.

He is hoping to make his return in January during the tri-nation one-day series down under and England have come to his support following his admission that he fears he may never being able to play again.

Chairman of selectors David Graveney, who has been liaising closely with Vaughan throughout his summer on the sidelines, stressed: "He's a determined character and if he can come back, he will come back.

"There is no doubt the rehabilitation programme he is on is a very long haul for him and anyone would find it very frustrating to go through what he's been through.

"I'm sure he is very frustrated at not being able to play for England but he is a strong character and I'm sure he'll do everything possible to come back."

Warwickshire left-arm spinner Ashley Giles, who has also been sidelined all summer with hip and hernia problems, was equally supportive of his close friend and captain.

"When you have a long term injury, there are days when you think maybe I won't play again, but that's just normal," said Giles. "If there is any chance he will come back and play for England he will as he is a very strong character - England need him back."

Vaughan, quoted in a Sunday newspaper interview, said: "I have real hope I'll get better. I'll do all the hard work and I believe there'll be another day when Michael Vaughan takes the field in an England shirt. But I've read I might never play again - and that might be the c ase."

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