Avishka Fernando may be out of competitive Cricket for 9 months



By: Bipin Dani



Sri Lanka's 24-year-old opening batsman Avishka Fernando may be out of competitive cricket for about 9 months, according to Dr. David Young, who performed the surgery on his right knee on Tuesday. The surgery was performed at The Avenue Hospital in Melbourne.



Dr. Young is very familiar among cricketers and has treated Lasith Malinga, Shoaib Akhtar and many other international players.



"Avishka tore the anterior cruciate in his right knee in a training mishap on the 17 Feb at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). He had an anterior cruciate reconstruction on the 22 Feb 2022" - Dr. Young, speaking exclusively over the telephone from Melbourne said on Wednesday evening.



"He is expected to return to cricket training in 6 months and when performing well return to competitive play probably in 9 months". "The surgery lasted over two hours" - He added




"The cricketer has been discharged from the hospital and will stay in Australia for a few more days. Dr. Young will see him again after a period of two weeks" - another source in the hospital further added.




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