''He is improving. If this trends continues, and he responds to the treatment, then I see no reason why he can't play the Duleep match at Rajkot,'' Orthopaedic surgeon Kalyan Mukherjee said here yesterday.
However, the final decision on whether Ganguly can participate in the match would be taken by Indian cricket board-authorised sports medicine expert Dr Anant Joshi, who has an appointment with the cricketer in Mumbai on October 18.
Indian team's physiotherapist John Gloster would also be there when Dr Joshi examines Ganguly's injured elbow joint.
Ganguly, who has been using a 'Chinese patch' in the affected right elbow for the last four days, would also not have to wear any more of the patches, the doctor said.
Meanwhile Ganguly, named skipper of the East Zone team, continued his fitness routine, spending two hours at a ground near his residence.
Ganguly, who missed the Challenger series in Mohali and was stripped of his Indian team captaincy by the selectors, has also been kept out of the first two ODIs versus Sri Lanka. He has to prove his fitness by playing a domestic match.
Ganguly had an earlier date with Joshi and Gloster on October 7 after his "mild tennis elbow symptom", as described by Dr Joshi, surfaced for the first time during the Indian team's tour of Zimbabwe. He was advised ten days' rest before reassessment.