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Kevin Pietersen is to have a scan and cortisone injection in his problem right knee after fresh discomfort in the old injury less than two weeks before the start of the Ashes.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior is another worry and will have a scan on his left calf which he injured batting with Joe Root who made an unbeaten 58 in the drawn game with Australia A in Hobart.

Root then donned the gloves in Prior’s absence and took a catch as he kept wicket in Australia A’s 119-3 after England made 430-8 dec.

Pietersen’s previous knee problems will mean increased concerns over his fitness with the Ashes opener in Brisbane on November 21 which is due to be his 100th Test.

Pietersen who made only eight - as out for three months earlier this year with injury. As his teamates headed for Sydney yesterday for the final warm-up match, the 33-year-old flew to Melbourne for urgent medical treatment and a prognosis.

“Kevin has had a slight recurrence of that knee issue,” said Flower who reckoned he could still play in the final warm-up game. Flower said Prior had tweaked his calf and would have a scan.