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Tendulkar on course for Lanka

Physio Leipus says Sachin is recovering fast to play in the tri-series in August.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 13:36 IST

Sachin Tendulkar is still a few weeks away from regaining full fitness but physiotherapist Andrew Leipus, who supervised the batsman's post-surgery rehabilitation programme, says he should be ready for the tri-series in Sri Lanka in August.

"The current status is that he has a few more weeks to go before he is hundred per cent fit. When we say hundred percent, we are talking about batting, fielding, throwing," said Leipus, the Indian team's former physiotherapist.

The Mumbai batsman picked a shoulder injury during the one-day series against Sri Lanka late last year and was forced to miss the current West Indies tour amid much speculation over his recovery process.

"Well, he actually recovered very, very well considering what he had done to the shoulder, it's hard to give an exact date but I think he would be ready for the Sri Lanka tour," he said.

"The surgery went fine, structurally everything was a success, we literally just ran out of time to get him fit for the West Indies," he said.

On Tendulkar giving the fitness test a miss, he said, it would have been a 'pointless exercise' and that was why it was aborted.

Leipus described the tennis elbow that cost the master batsman a lot of cricket over the last two years, as a 'nightmare,' both for the cricketer and himself.

"That was a nightmare for me and Sachin obviously. The injury started purely because of him playing too much cricket in a short period of time. His muscles were quite fatigued and overworked and he did not allow them enough recovery."

First Published: Jun 02, 2006 16:12 IST