Khawaja out for nine months after tearing ACL

"It's likely he'll need a knee reconstruction early next week, and the typical recovery from that surgery is around nine months"

“It’s likely he’ll need a knee reconstruction early next week, and the typical recovery from that surgery is around nine months”

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Australia batsman Usman Khawaja is likely to be out of action for nine months after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

Khawaja suffered the injury during a training session with the Sydney Thunder.

As a result of his injury, Khawaja will miss the Big Bash League (BBL) and the rest of the Australian domestic season as well.

“Usman injured his knee last night at training,” Thunder physiotherapist Murray Ryan said. “He took an overhead catch and landed awkwardly on his left knee, it twisted underneath him and he felt a giving sensation.

“He had an MRI (scan) yesterday and that confirmed that he’s ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

“He’s going to see a specialist on Friday but it’s likely he’ll need a knee reconstruction early next week, and the typical recovery from that surgery is around nine months.”

Thunder general manager Nick Cummins added: “We are very disappointed that Usman will not be taking the field for us this summer and we wish him well with his recovery.

“While his presence in the middle will be missed, he will remain with the Thunder and continue to contribute to the team with an off-field role.

“At this stage we will not be replacing Usman in the squad. We are confident in the group of batsmen we have assembled and look forward to seeing one of our younger players step up to fill his place.”

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