New Delhi, Jan 25: India's stylish left-hander Yuvraj Singh is unlikely to play the fifth edition of Indian Premier League due to the ongoing treatment of his non-malignant lung tumour that will keep him out of action for about six months.
Sources confirm that, the talented middle order batsman is currently in United States for the treatment of his tumour, recuperation process will start after removing the tumour.
"Yuvraj went to UK and from there has travelled to the United States for an advanced treatment. The oncologists who will be treating him in the US will take a call on whether he would undergo surgery or any other form of treatment. But that's for sure, he won't be playing in the IPL," a source told PTI on Wednesday.
IPL 5 is scheduled to start on April 4, while Yuvraj, who led the Pune Warriors side in the last year's edition of IPL, is expected to recover only by August.
"Yuvraj is an asset and no one would want to see him rush his comeback. He (Yuvraj) knows that Indian team still needs his services and won't rush his comeback. The recuperation might take considerable amount of time, may be upto six months," the source added.
World Cup hero Yuvraj, has been out of action since Nov 2011, was expected to be a part of the tri-series squad but pulled out of selection, since he had not recovered completely.
Now, with his participation doubtful in the fifth edition of IPL starting in April this year, Pune Warriors' chances of claiming the title looks bleak, meanwhile need to look for a replacement, while Team India would not rush his comeback, is ready to wait as recuperation takes a considerable amount of time and might have to wait for another six months.