Muhammad Asif likely to be out for two more months

Saturday, December 8, 2007

KARACHI: Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif is expected to be out of cricket action for two more months after surgeons in Australia recommended that he needs to have surgery for his elbow problem.

PCB sent Asif last week to Sydney to consult a sports medicine specialist after the pacer failed to recover from an elbow strain and feature in the Indian tour last month.
“We have got a detailed report from the surgeon in Sydney and he has recommended surgery for which he has been given a go-ahead,”
a PCB official said.

Asif will have the corrective surgery on Monday after which the Board reckons he could be out of cricket for two months as part of his rehabilitation process.

“But the proper position would only be known after his initial check-up soon after the surgery. But the surgeon believes two months are required for the healing process to be completed,”
the official added. Asif missed out on the ongoing Indian tour because of the elbow injury and in November also sat out from four One-day Internationals against South Africa in the home series.

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