Calcutta: Manoj Tiwary may miss almost the entire Ranji Trophy season if he doesn’t make a quick recovery after the knee surgery, which he underwent in London on August 8.
Dr Andrew Williams, who operated on Manoj, has advised the Bengal captain “to take it easy” because he is ruled out for at least another four months.
Considering the extent of the ‘career-threatening’ injury, Manoj’s comeback game, at the earliest, could be Bengal’s last Ranji group league match — against Tamil Nadu from December 30-Jaunary 2. He might go to London again for another round of check-up on December 8.
Arriving in the city on Sunday after a successful surgery, Manoj doesn’t want to rush things. “See, I will try my best to get back to the field as quickly as possible.
“I am going to the NCA next week for rehab… Things, though, don’t look bright for me at this stage. At one stage, the doctor did say it was a career-threatening injury. So I am just glad that I will be able to return to action even if it takes more time,” Manoj told The Telegraph.
Speaking about the surgery, Manoj said: “It went off quite well initially. But after three-four days, there was swelling in my knees. “There was internal bleeding and I had to get readmitted. I underwent another operation.
“The doctor said my condition was a strange one… Even the Premier League footballers don’t go through such troubles. But I responded to the treatment well and got fitter and was finally discharged.”