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Chris Lynn eyes a comeback on May 9 against Kings XI Punjab

Scan report showed that the injury wasn’t serious enough so Lynn decided to be with the squad.

Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Chris Lynn who suffered a shoulder injury during the early part of IPL 10 is expecting to make a comeback at his earliest. He has recovered significantly from the injury he sustained during their clash against Mumbai Indians earlier in the season. Lynn is expected to start practise today, almost three weeks after he sustained the shoulder injury.

He decided to stay back in Kolkata with his team and is now eyeing a comeback against Kings XI Punjab on May 9. As per reports from Cricket Australia, Lynn conceded that he is hopeful of making a comeback well before the playoffs. “The shoulder is slowly getting there. I had a cortisone injection the other day and it worked really well,” Lynn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

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Lynn had sustained the injury while attempting a catch of Jos Buttler. He fell awkwardly on his shoulder and his left shoulder popped out for a moment but Lynn pulled it back in. “I gave it a bit of a wriggle and it went back in. Because I’ve had it a few times now, I sort of knew what timeframe I was looking at to get back if there wasn’t too much damage after a scan,” Lynn further added.

Scan report showed that the injury wasn’t serious enough so Lynn decided to be with the squad as the tournament approaches the business end. The KKR medical team and the mental conditioning coach of Brisbane Heat and the Queensland Bulls Paul Chapman who is with the Mumbai Indians has worked extensively with him which means he might be back by next week.

“We worked out whatever I could do back home, I can do where I am now in Kolkata. It only makes sense I’m here trying to get fit to play some cricket before heading over to England. There would be nothing worse than going in under prepared to a world tournament,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on his prospects of playing in the Champions Trophy.

“I’m going to have my first bat and I’m feeling really confident about it. The shoulder has come up really well. It’s positive signs but I’ve still got a long way to go. I’d like to ideally play a game or two before the finals. It would be a bit unfair on the teammates to rock up into a final not having played a game (since the injury),” Lynn quipped.

This is not the first time he sustained a shoulder injury as he has suffered serious injuries on the same shoulder a year back. He has suffered injuries when he has been in form which has been the most frustrating thing for Lynn. “I can’t keep affording to have this time off when I’m hitting the ball so well, it’s so frustrating,” Lynn said.

“I think I might just have to be one of those fielders you hide in the field. But as soon as I start costing the team runs in the field, that’s when I’ve got to have a hard look at it. I think I can still contribute a fair amount with the bat and still be good enough in the ring in the field,” he added.

Lynn’s inclusion will further bolster the KKR squad who is sitting pretty at the 2nd spot in the points table. “I was going really when I was playing, but it helps the boys are winning, that’s got me through. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel and hope to get back out there sooner rather than later,” he signed off.

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