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Boucher's doctor 'cautiously optimistic'

Dr Peter Sandell said Mark Boucher remains housebound and in pain.

Proteas wicket-keeper Mark Boucher is seen in a wheelchair on his arrival in Cape Town on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 after suffering a serious eye injury in an English tour match in Taunton on Monday.He had to undergo three hours of surgery after being struck in the left eyeball by a bail. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Mark Boucher's doctor on Thursday delivered optimistic news on the status of the former Proteas wicketkeeper.

Boucher was forced to retire from the Proteas' current tour of England after being struck in the face by a bail.

He has since undergone two operations and doctors are hopeful they will restore his sight.

However, Boucher remains housebound and in pain.

Earlier on Thursday, Dr Peter Sandell released a press statement on behalf of the former wicketkeeper.

While it is impossible to predict the long-term outcome of Boucher's eye injury, his medical team is cautiously optimistic that he will regain vision in his eye.

Over the next few months, Boucher will undergo further surgery in an attempt to improve his vision.

Proteas skipper Graeme Smith, who became a father for the first time on Wednesday, stopped by to check in on his former teammate.

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