On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the bad news — Yuvraj Singh is out of the South Africa One-day series. Unofficially, it is feared that he is probably out of the Test series too and, it might be worse.
An official release stated that the talismanic southpaw had seen the Indian Board’s consultant orthopaedic specialist, Dr Anant Joshi, in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital earlier in the day and Dr Joshi had confirmed that Yuvraj had a ligament tear behind his left knee.
According to Dr. Joshi, “There is a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) with some amount of bruising of the bone in the left knee and there is a swelling of the knees.” He has advised Yuvraj to use crutches to get the weight off his knees before being re-examined in two weeks.
While Yuvraj’s fans would be hoping that the next meeting would have him in the clear, sources indicated that the re-evaluation would basically decide whether Yuvraj needs arthroscopic reconstruction (surgery) or not. Sources close to the player indicated that Yuvraj was ‘horribly upset’ by the news as surgery, if needed, would mean he cannot play in the World Cup in March-April next year.
Surgery on an ACL tear would need anywhere between six to nine months for a return to competitive sport, depending on the body’s healing prowess. On the off chance that surgery is not required, it might still need a rehabilitation period of about three-four months.
For India, already reeling under some dismal performances, this is devastating news. What next?