Kolkata: Virender Sehwag, undergoing a rehabilitation programme after a shoulder operation, is unlikely for the tri-series involving New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India to be played in Sri Lanka from September 8 to 14.
"He is improving every day. He is putting in a lot of effort to get ready for the Champions Trophy," Dhoni said on Thursday.
On Sehwag's chances of playing in the tri-series in Sri Lanka starting on September 8, Dhoni hinted the batsman may have to sit out of the event.
Sehwag had injured his shoulder during the semifinal of the second edition of the Indian Premier League in South Africa and he underwent a surgery for the the Grade II lesion at a Nottingham hospital in June.
Since then, Sehwag has been following a rehabilitation programme, which makes him doubtful not only for the September 8-14 tri-series in Sri Lanka but also cast a cloud of doubt over his availability for the Champions Trophy in South Africa starting on September 22.
“He might be available for the Champions Trophy," Dhoni said. “From now to the tri-series, the time is too short. Sehwag is improving every day. He is working hard to get fit for the Champions Trophy."
Dhoni said apart from Sehwag, there were no other injury issues and the players looked in perfect shape for a hectic schedule ahead.
"We just had a mid-term fitness test and we'll have a camp before the tri-series to get back into the groove and get ready for the long season ahead," Dhoni said.
Asked if he would team up with the actress again at the Kolkata Fashion Week this year, Dhoni's reply had the audience in splits.
"During the period, I would not be in Kolkata. I will be playing in Sri Lanka. So I'll be walking the ramp there with the likes of Yuvraj Singh and fellow cricketers from New Zealand and Sri Lanka," he quipped.
The Indian captain said the Indian team members under went a two-day fitness camp and might be asked to attend a preparatory camp before the team"s departure for Sri Lanka.