Pakistan's Champions Trophy Hopes Hit By Gul Withdrawal
Pakistan fast-bowler Umar Gul has been ruled out of the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy, which will take place in England in June, with a knee injury. He will also miss the One-Day Internationals against Scotland and Ireland next month.
Gul first felt discomfort in his knee during the ODI series against South Africa last month and missed the final three matches in the series in order to rest it. However, a later MRI scan showed damage to the tissue surrounding the knee joint and he will now have surgery to repair it. He will fly to Melbourne in the first week of May.
A PCB spokesman said, "Gul complained of right knee pain during the recently concluded one-day series against South Africa. He was rested for the last two one-dayers for imminent damage to his medial meniscus and bone of the right knee. A later MRI scan confirmed a full thickness tear of the posterior horn of medial meniscus with patchy bone bruising on his right knee.
"In order to expedite his return to cricket and quick rehabilitation, PCB have contacted Dr Alexander David Young in Australia, who in his initial reports has confirmed damage to his right knee and has given a timeline of 8-12 weeks for his full recovery."
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