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Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Indian pace spearhead Javgal Srinath should be fit in three weeks, noted orthopaedic surgeon Dr H P C Khincha indicated on Monday and ruled out the speedster's injury as being "anything serious."[an error occurred while processing this directive]"He may not be able to bat or field for three weeks," said Khincha, whom Srinath consulted immediately after he flew back home on Sunday from Sri Lanka where he suffered a fracture in the little finger of his left hand in the Galle Test.It would be three weeks before Srinath regained fitness, Khincha said. "That he has bowled in a match after getting injured is a good sign. Srinath has a fracture of the left fifth metacarpal bone joining the little finger and the wrist," he said. The Indian speedster had suffered the injury after being struck by a Dilharo Fernando delivery in the first innings in last week's Galle Test in Sri Lanka. Srinath did not bat again in the match but grabbed five wickets in the Lankan first essay.That Srinath should be fit in three weeks' would come as a relief for the Indian team dogged by injury woes. Apart from the speedster, other key players missing from the side due to injuries are batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, Ashish Nehra, and Anil Kumble.