KL Rahul unlikely to be fit for the Champions Trophy 2017

"I can't see any reason why I keep getting injured because I am disciplined with my fitness and my diet and I look after my body," he quoted.

KL Rahul T20 hundred
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Stylish Indian opener KL Rahul has recently given some bad news to the fans of Indian cricket. The elegant batsman is unlikely to be fit for the big ICC event coming this year. Rahul has been an injury candidate over the last year or so with injuries coming to him every now and then. Recently, he had a shoulder injury during the Test series against Australia. The injury saw him being ruled out of the IPL 2017.

Now, the very same injury is likely to keep him out of action for a longer period of time. As per the recent quotes in Cricbuzz, KL Rahul noted that his chances of being fit for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 are very slim. He added that the shoulder injury had restricted his shots in the recent times. Speaking further about the injury update, he noted that the doctors have said it will take a couple of months to heal. Also, the rehab starts after those couple of month.

“I have to wait and see but the chances are slim.  had torn my labrum (a ring of fibrocartilage attached to the shoulder socket). I couldn’t get into a few positions because my shoulder kept dislocating. That’s why I couldn’t play a lot of shots and had to restrict myself. I played with a lot of medication and taping,” quoted KL Rahul

“The doctor said it will take 2-3 months. Each body is different, so you don’t know how it recovers. It is totally up to me and how I well I take care of myself in the rehab phase. For now, it is 2-3 weeks of relaxing and after that, I will start physiotherapy. My rehab will start from there,” the opener added further.

Elaborating on the injury, he expressed his amazement at the fact that the injury is not very often associated with cricketers. It is the runner who usually faces this injury scare. KL Rahul pointed out that even the physio Patrick Farhart was surprised to see this injury troubling the batsman. It was during the Australia series when he dislocated his shoulder while trying to hit one off Steve O’Keefe.

“It is a sports injury but the doctor was surprised it happened because of batting. It mostly happens in contact sports where people run into you,” he quoted.

“The physio (Patrick Farhart) was surprised because there was no such major incident. It was that moment in Pune when I played a shot – not the one I got out to, but the one that went for six (he lofted Steve O’Keefe down the ground). That’s when I knew that my shoulder dislocated and went back in. I got out playing the same shot, so by then it was completely damaged. I couldn’t do anything after that,” Rahul conceded further.

Lastly, he concluded saying even he is bothered with the injury. Despite being supremely fit and being very fitness conscious, he is succumbing to injuries too often. He is hoping to regain full fitness soon and not getting struck by any other injury thereafter.

“I can’t see any reason why I keep getting injured because I am disciplined with my fitness and my diet and I look after my body. Now is the time to see what I can change in training. To be injury-free is wishful thinking for a sportsman. To be fit and minimize injuries will be my goal once I get back,”concluded KL Rahul.

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