Bangalore: Ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who underwent a successful surgery for his fractured jaw Thursday, would be fit for international cricket in the next ten to 15 days, the doctor attending on him said.
"He (Kumble) will be fit for international cricket not later than in the next 10 to 15 days", eminent maxillo-facial surgeon, Dr. Kishore Nayak, who performed the 45- minute procedure at city hospital, said "Anil is fit and healthy", Nayak told reporters. "The injury will in no way have any long-term side effects nor should it in any way hamper his game or normal activities". Using "rigid internal fixation" procedure, Nayak performed the surgery, assisted by another maxillo-facial surgeon Dr. Sanjiv Nair at Mallya Hospital. Two titanium mini plates, which are bio-compatible, were used to stabilise the fracture and the procedure was conducted very smoothly, he said. "Treatment was successful and went as planned.
We got the results", Nayak said. The bowler, who sustained a fracture on his lower jaw by a Mervyn Dillon short- pitched delivery during the fourth Test against the West Indies on Saturday, should return to normal diet in two to three days. Nayak said Kumble, who would be discharged on Friday morning, can return to the nets as early as this Monday and to regular cricket in 10-15 days at the outside. Nayak said he performed a similar surgery on India 'A' opener S Sriram on Wednesday and the batsman played the side's match against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Nair said Kumble's injury would heal in four weeks.