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Lara fighting to get fit for Indian encounter

The team physio and media manager are hopeful that the legendary southpaw will be fit for the match.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 12:19 IST

West Indies captain Brian Lara is fighting to get fit for Thursday's Champions Trophy encounter against India.

Lara, who did not come on to the field during the match against Australia on Wednesday after sustaining a freak back injury, skipped the net session on Sunday.

Instead, the legendary southpaw took some rounds of the Motera stadium with the team physio and did some light exercises.

However, West Indies media manager Imran Khan said the batsman should be able to play the match against the hosts.

"He is receiving treatment from the physio. And we expect that he will be fit in time for our match against the hosts," Khan said.

While explaining Lara's absence during the three-hour net session, Khan claimed that it had been decided beforehand that only half of the team would do the net routine on Sunday.

First Published: Oct 22, 2006 00:00 IST