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Australia batsman Usman Khawaja is likely to miss the upcoming Test series against India as he is set to undergo surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his left knee.
Khawaja injured his knee while warming up prior to the third day of the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
While there were concerns that Khawaja had torn the anterior cruciate ligament that he had reconstructed back in 2014, scans eased those fears, but showed a tear in his meniscus.
Khawaja will need between three to eight weeks to recover, but this depends on whether he needs to undergo surgery.
Pace bowler Peter Siddle revealed that none of Khawaja’s teammates saw him injure his knee.
“Nah we didn’t see it, some of the guys might’ve but I didn’t, he hasn’t really said too much,” Siddle was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Disappointing for him but he’s getting a scan later tonight and they’ll send it to the people who need to have a look at it in the next day or so and we’ll find out more. At this stage that’s all we know. Just fingers crossed for him, hopefully it comes back positive for him and he can get back out there.
“It was just something in warm-up, we were throwing the ball. So that’s about all I know, I don’t know what specifically happened, but something so small it’s kept him out. So disappointing for him but fingers crossed he gets some good news tonight. Initially [he was] very flat, as anyone would know, knowing that he can’t get out there with the boys and help out.
“But I think throughout the day he was up and about, moving around, helping us when we came in and trying to help us in the rooms. He’s a positive guy, so fingers crossed for him and we get some good news tonight or tomorrow. Tonight once he’s got the scan and we know more that’ll determine from the doctor’s point of view what he can and can’t do. That’s the big thing at the end of the day and just looking after his welfare. We’ll see how that comes up tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”
Should Khawaja be ruled out of the four-Test series against India, which begins on December 6 in Adelaide, it will be a major blow for Australia as they are already without batsmen Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who are still serving the bans they received for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal during the tour of South Africa earlier this year.