'Sachin to be fit in two weeks' time'

Published: Saturday, September 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Sachin Tendulkar, afflicted by tennis elbow, would need at least two weeks to recover fitness, according to Dr Anant Joshi who examined the master batsman on his return to India earlier this week.

"Optimistically speaking he would be able to play cricket in two weeks' time. In a worst case scenario it may take even two months," Dr Joshi told PTI here. Tendulkar, who has been sidelined with the affliction since the Holland tri-series in the third week of August, is in constant touch with Dr Joshi and Indian team physiotherapist Andrew Leipus who are monitoring his progress.

"Rest, ice/heat packs and gentle massage" are the types of treatment that have been recommended to the champion batsman since he underwent electric shock therapy in England, Dr Joshi said.

Asked whether osteopathy can give the desired result as claimed by an osteopath recently, Dr Joshi said, "there are all types of people willing to treat Sachin's elbow with allkinds of treatment." "Rest is the best treatment for the malaise," Dr Joshi added.

The master batsman has expressed his fervent hope to play against the visiting Australians in their three-day tour opener against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai commencing here on September 30. "A slot has been kept open in case Tendulkar is able to play," Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty said.

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