Irfan may need hip surgery

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“I can’t say much about my medical condition but as the doctors suggested I will be fine in the next three months”

Pakistan left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Irfan may need hip surgery if he fails to show any progress at the end of his rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Irfan has not represented Pakistan since November last year when he fractured his hip during the second Twenty20 International against South Africa.

“There are two fractures in his Ischium bone,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) doctor Sohail Saleem said. “Since he has an extraordinary build, his bones are bigger and that is why it is taking him more time to recover. He may be sent to Australia for a surgery if needed but at the moment he needs two to three weeks of rehabilitation before we decide if he still requires a surgery.

“We are following his case on a daily basis and we have to get him ready for international cricket. We are assessing his progress and his reports will also be sent to Australia for a second opinion so I can’t give a precise time but he will be fine and will be playing international cricket again.”

Irfan revealed that he is looking to make his international return when Pakistan face Australia in the United Arab Emirates in October.

“My passion for the game is still high but these fitness issues are the hurdles,” Irfan told ESPNcricinfo. “I knew with my height I will struggle but I have improved immensely since my debut in 2010. I can’t say much about my medical condition but as the doctors suggested I will be fine in the next three months.”

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