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ON WEDNESDAY, Sachin Tendulkar will be part of the action as India try to score another 295 runs to win the Mumbai Test. But that will be the last his fans will get to see of him for some time.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 12:47 IST

ON WEDNESDAY, Sachin Tendulkar will be part of the action as India try to score another 295 runs to win the Mumbai Test. But that will be the last his fans will get to see of him for some time.

A shoulder injury will keep Tendulkar out of action for at least two months. On Tuesday, the Indian team physiotherapist John Gloster ruled him out for the seven-match ODI series against England, starting March 28. Gloster's report said,

"Tendulkar has been diagnosed with a posterior labrum tear of the right shoulder with an associated para-labral cyst."
While announcing the Indian team for the first three one-dayers, M.P. Pandove, joint secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said Tendulkar would have to undergo a surgery on his right shoulder.

"It would mean he would not play international cricket for approximately eight weeks after the surgery," said Pandove. Chairman of selectors Kiran More, however, clarified that Tendulkar did not have any problem with his batting. "He is fully fit to bat and will have no difficulty in batting tomorrow (against England on the fifth day of the third Test)."

Despite having difficulty throwing, Tendulkar ran England batsman Owais Shah out on Tuesday. More such attempts can aggravate the injury. Though the date of the surgery, to be conducted by Dr Andrew Wallace in London, is yet to be decided, it is likely that Tendulkar will miss the whole West Indies tour.

While the five-match ODI series in the Caribbean starts on May 18, the first of the four Tests begins on June 2. “We will decide about the West Indies after reassessing his status after injury,” said More.

Earlier, after being troubled by tennis elbow, Tendulkar had had a six-month lay-off. The elbow injury was detected before a triangular series in Australia, involving India, Pakistan and Australia. As a result, he missed the series and the ICC Champions Trophy.

After recovering, he made a comeback in the third home Test against Australia in October 2004 for a brief period. The problem resurfaced after the home series against Pakistan in 2005 and he had to undergo a surgery in May 2005.

Since his return to the international cricket in October against Sri Lanka, Tendulkar has looked solid in one-dayers, but has failed to impress in the traditional version of the game. Though he scored a century against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Delhi to surpass Sunil Gavaskar’s record of the most centuries in Tests, he has never looked good since.