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Kho-kho knocks out Yuvraj

India suffers a major blow on the eve of its must-win match against Australia, writes Kadambari Murali.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 00:37 IST

Yuvraj Singh might be out of cricket for anywhere between four weeks to nine months if tests in Mumbai on Sunday confirm a ligament tear behind his left knee.

Yuvraj, who is up for the One-Day Cricketer of the Year honour at next week’s ICC awards, went off the field after wrenching his left knee in a game of kho-kho during nets in Mohali.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) media manager Rajan Nair said that team physiotherapist John Gloster had stated that the MRI scan on Yuvraj’s left knee suggested a tear in the cruciate ligament (behind the knee) and some bony bruising within the knee joint.

In a written note, Gloster also said Yuvraj would proceed to Mumbai for ‘further classification and investigations by the BCCI consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr Anant Joshi.’

Nair said the recovery time frame would be reviewed only after the next round of tests and the team would be in a better position to know where Yuvraj stood in relation to the South Africa tours and the World Cup only by Sunday afternoon. However, things don’t look so good if it is a tear.

Delhi-based physiotherapist Dr Chandan Chawla, who deals a lot with sports injuries, especially cricket, told HT that Yuvraj’s recovery period would depend on the kind of tear (anterior or posterior, the latter being worse) or whether it was a tear at all or a strain being put down to a tear. If it is a strain, he said it could take between four weeks to three months to heal.

He said a tear was nasty. “If the ligament is partially torn, he will go through what is called conservative rehabilitation and that will take three-four months for a return to sport. But if it is completely torn and he has to have arthroscopic reconstruction (surgery), then, the return will take six to nine months.”

The other worrying factor, Dr Chawla said, was that the cruciate never got torn alone. “There will likely be other minor or major injuries as well.”

Rotten luck for Yuvi.

First Published: Oct 28, 2006 11:54 IST