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Published: Monday, November 19, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: India's vice-captain Rahul Dravid has left Bangalore for South Africa to undergo advanced manipulative therapy required to treat his shoulder discomfort, and could be out of action for six weeks.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Family sources told reporters in Bangalore, the Indian middle order batsman has already left Bangalore for Mumbai, from where he would be taking a flight for South Africa on Wednesday morning.Sources said Dravid may have to stay in South Africa for four to five weeks for treatment but it can't be said for sure since it all depends on what consulting doctors recommend.Dravid has already ruled himself out for the One-day series against England during January-February and has also withdrawn from the Challenger Series for the N K P Salve Trophy to be played in Bangalore from January 10 and 13. He was earlier named captain of the India 'A' team for the Challenger Series but has since been replaced in the position by V V S Laxman. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already said that it would bear all medical expenses of Dravid, who had sought BCCI's nod to undergo a rehabilitation treatment to his right shoulder.Dravid had consulted Cape Town-based orthopaedic surgeon Dr Jo De Beer, during India's tour of South Africa in 2001. PTI

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