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Gul’s injury is a huge blow for the Pakistan team
Pakistan pace bowler Umar Gul has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy after sustaining a right knee injury, for which he is set to have surgically repaired in Melbourne, Australia.
Gul initially injured his knee during the second ODI against South Africa in March, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to wait and examine the extent of the damage before deciding that surgery was the best option for the seamer.
“Gul complained of right knee pain during the recently concluded one-day series against South Africa,” a PCB spokesman said. “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 (after the surgery).”