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Boucher's tour over

Mark Boucher sustained a serious eye injury in the Proteas tour match against Somerset in Taunton.

Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. Picture: Supersport

CAPE TOWN - South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher's tour of England is over and could also signal the end of a glittering career.

Boucher sustained a serious eye injury in the Proteas tour match against Somerset in Taunton on Monday.

He was struck in the eye by a bail and required emergency surgery late last night for a laceration on his eyeball.

The surgery was successful, but there are remaining concerns over his long term vision.

Speaking exclusively to EWN Sport this morning the Team Doctor, Mohammed Moosajee, confirmed that Boucher's tour was over.

"Yes, I can confirm that Mark will be out of the series, and will return home as soon as he can."

Moosajee said there are major concerns over the injury and that doctor's were unable to deliver a definitive prognosis.

"Mark had an operation last night; which lasted for about two hours. According to the surgeons, it was a severe eye injury. They repaired the eyeball/ the globe of the eye. At this moment they are saying that the prognosis is unknown."

Moosajee said that doctors are not only concerned about his immediate return to fitness, but about the state of his long term vision.

"We certainly are worried. The extent of the injury is severe, and they repaired as much as they could, but time will tell. Obviously when Mark returns to South Africa, he will have to see an eye specialist."

Proteas Convenor of Selectors Andrew Hudson said the team will be weakened by the loss of Boucher.

"The priority is his recovery. I think it's important that we get to the bottom of understanding the extent of the damage to his eye."