Kevin Pietersen hopeful of returning to action this week

England's Kevin Pietersen raise his bat moments after reaching 50 runs during the third day of the third Ashes Test on August 3, 2013
Kevin Pietersen is hopeful of returning to the Delhi Daredevils side this week following a finger injury.

Kevin Pietersen is hopeful that he will feature for the Delhi Daredevils this week after missing the side's two opening Indian Premier League matches with a finger injury.

The 33-year-old, who was recently dropped from the England squad, signed for Delhi for a bid in the region of £880,000 in February.

Pietersen, who suffered the injury during pre-season with county side Surrey, replied to a Twitter user claiming that he will not undergo surgery and is closing in on a return.

The batsman tweeted: "I'll play this week hopefully! Pain is weakness leaving the body!"

Delhi's next fixture is against Chennai Super Kings at Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Kevin Pietersen of England bats during day three of 4th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham ICG on August 11, 2013
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