~~Sachin will be back for West Indies tour~~

Published: Saturday, April 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Sachin Tendulkar's surgeon has contradicted media reports that the master blaster will not be able to tour West Indies, saying that he has made ''an excellent recovery'' and would soon be back in action for the series starting May 18.

''He's made an excellent recovery. I expect he will be back for India some time in the very near future,'' Dr Andrew Wallace was quoted by BBC Sport as saying.

Dr Wallace said the surgery was ''fairly straightforward'' as there was nothing serious about the injury.

''It's a common injury in baseball pitchers and tennis players, anyone who is doing a lot of overhead throwing,'' he said.

Explaining further, Dr Wallace said it was unlikely that Sachin was having any trouble while batting or bowling.

''The rim of the socket had become a little bit frayed so the ball was sliding out the back of the joint a little bit.'' ''His batting was not affected and most of the shoulder does not take too much of the force when bowling,'' he added.

However, the doctor said risk would have increased if the operation had not been carried out now.

''The main reason for operating was that the cyst was slowly enlarging so we felt it was timely to do it now before we felt there was any danger,'' he said.

Struggling with poor form, Sachin was ruled out of the ongoing seven-match ODI series against England.

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