Sydney, Mar 21: With less than a month to go for the start of the seventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 7), left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson is in race against time to be fit to play for Kings XI Punjab.
Johnson, who was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 6.5 crores at the Player's Auction last month, is recovering from a infected toe. Due to this, he was sidelined from the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
On Friday, Cricket Australia (CA) issued a media statement saying that Johnson's infection to the right big toe has spread to his right leg.
"Johnson is recovering from an infection that began in his right big toe, before affecting his right leg," CA said in a statement.
"He is being managed by a team of medical specialists. Depending on how quickly he recovers, Johnson's next scheduled commitment is the 2014 Indian Premier League where he will represent Kings XI Punjab," it added.
Kings XI Punjab will be hoping that Johnson is fit for their first game on April 18 against Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi. IPL 7 begins on April 16. The first phase is in United Arab Emirates (UAE) from April 16 to 30.