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Pakistan left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan will be out of action even longer than initially expected after he was diagnosed with a “Grade-3 osteochondral” fracture in his knee.
Khan had already been ruled out of the ongoing series against Australia after he twisted his knee during a training session in Sharjah.
“A recently-performed MRI in a local hospital in Lahore revealed a Grade-3 osteochondral fracture along the anterior surface of the medial femoral condyle with underlying bone edema,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) general manager of sports medicine, Dr Sohail Saleem, said. “Junaid Khan is undergoing a conservative management plan for his injury. Apart from consultation with a local orthopedic surgeon in Pakistan, Junaid’s reports are also being seen by orthopedic surgeons abroad. His final course of action will be decided in couple of days.”
Meanwhile, it has also been announced that fellow seamer Wahab Riaz has started to recover from his knee injury.
Riaz injured his knee during the second ODI against Australia and was told that he had “significant osteochondral defects in the lateral tibial condyle”. It was also revealed that he had damaged the cartilage under his knee cap and there were suspicions that he might have torn the anterior horn of the outer knee cartilage.
“After examination and investigation that lasted four days from October 15 to 19, with the decision in favour of conservative management, Wahab’s rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy commenced on October 20,” Dr. Saleem said. “His daily routine consists of knee-specific exercises, generalised fitness training, pool work-outs, physiotherapy sessions, bowling and batting sessions. He did start batting last week on Friday and by the end of Monday’s proceedings, he must have completed three batting sessions under supervision of Mohtashim Rasheed.
“On Monday, he did his first shadow-bowling session with Mohammad Akram and bowled 24 pain-free balls. His work on the physio’s table consists of manual therapy techniques to achieve the desired fitness results before the beginning of the New Zealand series. I am pretty much satisfied with the progress he is making.”