'Star' Pietersen ruled out of squad for Champions Trophy

London, Apr 25 (ANI): In a major setback to the England team, controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out the squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy after a slower-than-expected recovery from a knee injury.

However, Pietersen is expected to be back in full training by the middle of June, making him available for the Ashes series against Australia that starts on July 10, the Mirror reports.

According to the England and Wales Cricket Board, although a repeat MRI scan on Pietersen's injured right knee has shown some improvement in the bruising to the bone, but that will not have healed sufficiently for him to feature in the Champions Trophy, which begins on June 6.

Pietersen has already been ruled out of the two-test series against New Zealand in May, the report added. (ANI)