Ganguly virtually ruled out of tri-series opener

Published: Sunday, October 19, 2003, 21:00 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly was on Sunday virtually ruled out of the first One-dayer of the ensuing tri-series on October 23 and was also doubtful for the second on October 26 with the doctors suggesting that his hospitalisation period be extended at least till Wednesday. "There is marginal improvement in the wound but it is yet to be filled up and he needs some more dressing. For this hospitalisation period has to be extended at least till Wednesday," doctors attending on Ganguly, M Nandy and Sukumar Mukherjee said. The doctors said Ganguly was free from fever and had a good sleep last night.

"He is comfortable, though the pain is still there." The Indian skipper had to undergo surgery for an abscess, for the second time in five days, in his left thigh yesterday at a private nursing home in Kolkata. According to Mukherjee, the attending doctor, "We have to continue dressing under analgesia for the next three days. The infection is still persisting. Medicines have to be continued." Asked when Ganguly could return to cricketing action, the doctor said it was difficult to predict.

"But in such cases, at least 10 days' bed rest is necessary." "But you can logically conclude that he is not playing the first match. He is also doubtful for the second, though we are trying hard to make him fit before that," the doctors said.

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