Pune, May 3: Termed as title favourites during the start of the tournament, Mumbai Indians are finding it difficult to live up to their expectations, as injury woes are increasing every passing day. Latest to join the list is the West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard.
Placed third in the points table behind Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai did win the last two matches against Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers, but that put aside their below par performance during the last fortnight.
With Kieron Pollard, their main player injured, Mumbai will have to continue their good work in the absence of the all-rounder, as he needs atleast a week's time to recover from a shoulder injury.
"According to the medical reports and scans done, Pollard would be out for at least another week," said Peterson ahead of their clash against Pune Warriors.
Pollard missed the match against Deccan Chargers on April 29 and according to the scan report, he needs a week's rest. Though he isn't the only foreign player who is injured, there are a few more players. Mitchell Johnson returned home due to a toe injury while they found a replacement in West Indies' all-rounder Dwayne Smith.
Another cause of worry is the status of Herschelle Gibbs, as he has not featured in any of the matches in IPL 5 so far due to a finger injury.
Gibbs, broke his finger in the first week of IPL 5 and has not recovered yet, which is another issue that is bothering Mumbai as they have had problems with the opening partnership ever since the start of IPL 5, as Sachin Tendulkar also missed a couple of matches due to a finger injury.
"Gibbs broke his finger in the first week, which was unfortunate. He is just starting to hit a few balls. We all know Gibbs' ability in the T20 format, and if the team management chooses him in one of the coming games, I am sure he would be ready," Peterson added.