Melbourne:Troubled Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds' playing career has once come under cloud after he was forced to remain off the field with a sore knee on the first day of the Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and South Australia at Adelaide Oval on Friday.
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Symonds, who in his two over spell before lunch picked up the wicket of Michael Klinger for figures of 1/3, did not take the field after the interval. He was later seen sitting in the dressing room with an icepack strapped to his right knee, the same one on which he had surgery on New Year's Eve.
A Queensland spokesman later confirmed that Symonds was "experiencing soreness in his right knee".
However, Queensland team management was hopeful that Symonds will take the field in the later stages of the match.
Symonds, who was playing only in his second match after being ruled out Australia's upcoming South Africa tour on disciplinary issues, had been experiencing a torrid time this summer because of his off-field run-ins with controversies.
Cricket Australia also made it clear that it would re-assess its stand on Symonds only at the end of the domestic season.