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Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar said on Wednesday he will not take part in the ongoing Limited Overs triangular series in Sri Lanka because of a hairline fracture on his right toe.Tendulkar, who said he had been advised to rest for "two to three weeks," is however expected to be fit for the three Test matches against Sri Lanka in August."I went for a CT scan this afternoon where it was found I have a fracture on the sesomoid bone of the toe," Tendulkar told reporters at his home in northern Mumbai."Doctors have advised me rest for the next two to three weeks from today (Wednesday). "I can move around, but I can't run or jump. Missing cricket is always disappointing for me. I want to get back to the game."The absence of Tendulkar is a major blow for the Indians, who are already without two frontline bowlers, Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath. The 28-year-old is the world's most successful Limited Overs batsman with record 10461 runs from 273 matches, including 29 centuries and 53 half-centuries.It was initially believed the injury, sustained on the recent tour of Zimbabwe, was not serious enough for Tendulkar to miss the entire One-day series.Captain Saurav Ganguly said on Monday he expected his main batsman to join the team mid-way through the series, but Tendulkar ruled out that possibility."I don't know how quickly it will heal. It's the first time I have had this kind of injury. All I can say is that I am out for two to three weeks." If the healing process goes to plan, Tendulkar should be fit by the time the first Test against Sri Lanka starts at Galle on August 14.

Copyright AFP 2001


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