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Kohli plays down injury fears as back 'niggles'
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Kohli plays down injury fears as back 'niggles'

India captain Virat Kohli Wednesday played down fears that recurring back spasms could hinder his stellar career, insisting all players get "niggles" and they were "nothing new".

Kohli received treatment from the physio on day two of the Melbourne Test against Australia last week.

He has a recent history of back problems and was forced off the field during the second Test in England earlier this year.

But the 30-year-old said it wasn't a major concern.

"I've had this issue since 2011, it's nothing new," Kohli said in Sydney on the eve of the fourth and final Test against Australia.

"I've been able to manage it because of the physical effort I've put in over the past few years. And when you have a back that has these issues you can only maintain it that way."

Kohli added that he was "not too bothered" about the issue.

"If the workload gets high it can get into a spasm, I mean you don't necessarily get serious issues, you get fine in two or three days," he said.

"I'm not too concerned with it, you just have to manage it physically and stay ahead of the injury and I have been able to do it for now.

"I'm sure I'll find other ways and more options to keep countering that.

"I mean, it's impossible to keep going without niggles and I think it's fine to have a few niggles here and there. You just need to be able to manage it."