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'Tendulkar may be fit for WI tour'

The maestro is making recovery after his shoulder surgery and could be fit for the tour, according to the doctor.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 00:57 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Sachin Tendulkar is making a rapid recovery after his shoulder surgery and could be fit for the tour of the West Indies starting later next month, according to his doctor Andrew Wallace.

"Surgery was fairly straightforward. He's made an excellent recovery. I expect he will be back for India some time in the very near future," said Dr Wallace, who operated upon the star batsman on Monday.

Tendulkar, who suffered a tear on his shoulder, will miss the ongoing seven-match one-day series against England but his availability for the tour of West Indies, where the first one-dayer begins on May 18, is still under cloud.

The batting maestro underwent an arthroscopic surgery to stabilise his right shoulder joint and reattach his biceps.

Wallace said the 32-year-old player had only been in discomfort while throwing and neither his batting nor bowling was affected by the injury.

"His batting was not affected and most of the shoulder does not take too much of the force when bowling. It's a common injury in baseball pitchers and tennis players— anyone who is doing a lot of overhead throwing," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sports.

"The rim of the socket had become a little bit frayed so the ball was sliding out the back of the joint a little bit.

"It opened up a small tear in the labrum. A little bit of fluid was escaping through that tear and created a cyst.

"The main reason for operating was that the cyst was slowly enlarging so we felt it was timely to do it now before we felt there was any danger," he said.

First Published: Apr 01, 2006 14:17 IST