Shot cricketer Samaraweera discharged

Published: Thursday, March 19, 2009, 11:44 [IST]
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Sri Lanka's Samaraweera leaves hospital

Colombo: Thilan Samaraweera who suffered serious injuries during the terrorist attack in Lahore, has been discharged from hospital, two weeks after he suffered a bullet wound when the team came under attack in Pakistan, his manager said on Thursday.

Doctors at the privately-run Nawaloka hospital removed a bullet from Samaraweera's left leg after the team was flown home from the Pakistani city of Lahore.

"He has started physiotherapy and should hopefully resume training towards the end of April," his manager Charlie Austin said.

Doctor Geethanjana Mendis, who heads the sports ministry medical unit, said Samaraweera's leg is still heavily plastered as he is yet to fully recover from the most serious injury to his hamstring.

Seven Sri Lankan players and their British assistant coach were injured when the team bus came under gun, grenade and rocket launcher attack as they drove to the Gaddafi Stadium during the second Test match.

Eight Pakistanis were killed in the attack.


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