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Nehra recovery to be a month quicker
NEHRA: Happy that surgery is over

Calcutta: Ashish Nehra, who underwent surgery on his right ankle Thursday, should recover around a month quicker than expected.

For Indian cricket and Nehra himself, that’s excellent news. The left-arm quick, after all, has become somewhat indispensable after a significant role in India’s World Cup final-reaching campaign.

“Thankfully, the hour-long surgery wasn’t as complicated as feared. Moreover, the best in the business (Dr Sise Perreira) wielded the scalpel,” informed Team India physio Andrew Leipus, when contacted by The Telegraph in Johannesburg, Friday evening.

He added: “Accordingly, the surgeon has scaled down Nehra’s recovery period from five-six months to four-five...”

Though Nehra’s international comeback will still be in the home series against New Zealand, he will surely have more time to get fit for the big league grind.

Leipus, who drove across to Pretoria (45 minutes from Jo’Burg) in the morning, spent a couple of hours with Nehra at the Little Company of Mary Hospital.

“Look, emotions-wise, Nehra is always the same… But, yes, he is happy that the (posterior impingement) surgery has been done with. Now, he is looking forward to being discharged Saturday and recuperating at a friend’s place in Jo’Burg,” Leipus, who isn’t in Dhaka because of wife Sue’s mishap, remarked.

The date of Nehra’s return home, however, hasn’t been finalised. He turns 24 on April 29.

According to Leipus, Nehra isn’t in any pain. He will, of course, be on crutches for three-four weeks.

“As things stand, Nehra will undergo about six weeks of therapy once the plaster is removed. After that will be around six weeks of closely monitored rehab. About 15-16 weeks from now, then, he should be able to start light workouts,” Leipus pointed out.

Incidentally, Nehra is the latest among prominent quicks — others being Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock and Chaminda Vaas — to be operated upon by the top-notch foot specialist.

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