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I’m not feeling good: Sourav

Calcutta, Oct. 18: The abscess on Team India captain Sourav Ganguly’s left upper thigh was “dressed under anaesthesia” on Saturday. He was later declared stable by doctors who, though, were yet to decide when Sourav could return to on-field action.

“I’m not feeling good … The wound has been cut up once again and, so, you can understand the pain,” is what Sourav told The Telegraph’s Special Correspondent, who is now in Chandigarh, late on Saturday night.

Sourav indicated that he may have to remain in the nursing home till as late as Monday morning. For all intents and purposes, he is out of the opening tri-series match and is doubtful for the next two.

The decision for the surgical procedure was taken late on Friday night by a medical board set up after Sourav consulted his doctor upon returning to the city.

The skipper, complaining of “excruciating pain” in the affected area, was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic early on Saturday, where he underwent the half-hour procedure to “hasten his recovery”. It was carried out by a team of six doctors including Dr Mrinmoy Nandi. Dr Sukumar Mukherjee had been consulted by the Indian skipper earlier.

The doctors said at a press briefing later that “the wound was found to be filled up with slough and pus. Under non-intubating light general anaesthesia, the wound was debrided of slough and dressed and the margin of the wound trimmed”.

Sourav has regained consciousness and has talked to his family members. (His wife Dona was beside him at the clinic). His condition is being monitored closely and he is on a course of parenteral fluids, antibiotics and analgesics. He is also on normal diet.

The decision to release the skipper will be taken tomorrow morning after a review of his condition.

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