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Ishant doubtful for SA series

Outgoing Physio John Gloster advises the Delhi speedster two to three weeks of rest to recover from a toe injury.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2008 10:37 PM IST

India's new pace spearhead Ishant Sharma is in doubt for the upcoming home cricket series against South Africa after he was advised two to three weeks' rest to recover from a toe injury.

The Delhi speedster, who impressed one and all with his pace and aggression Down Under, has seen significant healing but needs time for the pain to subside and full healing to take place.

Outgoing Physio John Gloster has advised Ishant rest for two-three weeks from bowling and running.

"No compromise on this instruction... Strength and focus on core stability, gluteal strength, quadriceps strength and hamstring/hip flexor flexibility," Gloster said in his report to the BCCI..

Ishant also suffers from inflammation on his forefinger and Gloster advised him to continue with anti-inflammatory techniques until the problem is resolved.

Yuvraj Singh's knee has been deemed fit enough for cricket but the left-hander is advised to lay "emphasis on strengthening and stability without high impact activity."

"Must have minimum two weeks (ideally three) break from cricket and excessive loaded activities," the report said, asking him to do swimming, cycling and water running.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh's hamstring is a cause for concern and will require minimum two weeks' rest from bowling and running post tour

He needs to avoid long distance running and running on inclines.

"Once this condition starts to impede his ability to bowl, then surgical intervention will need to be considered."

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