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Yuvraj still a probable for World Cup

BCCI says his injury will be reassessed after eight weeks to ascertain if a surgery is needed.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 22:59 IST

Injured middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh will miss out on India’s tour of South Africa but has not been ruled out of next year’s World Cup as yet, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Yuvraj underwent a fitness test under the guidance of physio John Gloster and Dr Anant Joshi at his residence in Gurgaon on Monday after which the BCCI said his injury would be reassessed after eight weeks to ascertain whether a surgery was still required.

As of now, no surgery would be done to treat the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his left knee, sustained while playing kho-kho with teammates on the eve of India’s Champions Trophy match against Australia last month.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said a rehab programme had been designed to “give the best chance” to Yuvraj to recover in time for World Cup, to be held in the West Indies in March-April 2007.

“Following discussions John Gloster had with Anant Joshi and other associated parties we feel that... ACL management plan will give Yuvraj the best chance of being available for the WC 2007 and subsequent series to follow,” he said in a statement today.

The plan involves following a non-surgical rehab path initially with constant reassessment.

Since the next assessment is slated only after eight weeks, it renders the 24-year-old left-hander unavailable for the South Africa tour which starts on Tuesday. It comprises five ODIs and three Tests.

After the eight-week period, a thorough appraisal of the overall stability of the knee would be undertaken and depending on the findings, a decision on whether to pursue conservative management or opt for surgical intervention would be taken, the BCCI said.