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Saina Nehwal undergoes surgery, might be out of action for four months

Aadya Sharma
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20 Aug 2016, 19:00 IST
Saina Nehwal
Nehwal played with a strapped knee at the Rio Olympics 2016

India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, who underwent surgery on her injured knee on Saturday, is likely to be out of action for four months. She suffered an injury inside the joint of her right knee 10 days before leaving for the Rio Olympics, and played through the injury before bowing out in the group stages of the singles event.

After returning to India, she headed to Hyderabad where she was advised surgery on her right knee. She subsequently travelled to Mumbai, and was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital, where she underwent arthroscopic surgery under Dinshaw Pardiwala, Head of the Centre for Sports Medicine and Director, Arthroscopy and Shoulder Service.

Talking about the injury, the Executive Director of the hospital, Ram Narain said: "She had sustained an intra-articular injury to her right knee. A small fragment of bone had separated from her knee cap bone. This displaced fragment was causing her impingement and pain”.

Nehwal’s father, Harvir Singh stated that the 26-year old might be out of action for four months. "We have requested them to allow us to go to Hyderabad so that we can do it (follow-up) there. Otherwise, she cannot move for four months at all”.

Post the surgery, the shuttler posted a picture of the strapped up knee.

Before undergoing surgery, she received a number of tweets from sportspersons and bollywood celebrities, wishing her a speedy recovery. She was also visited by Bollywood actor Deepak Dobriyal in her hospital room after the surgery.

The bronze medalist in the London Olympics four years ago, Nehwal is likely to miss out on the Dubai Super Series finals, which is scheduled to be held in December.

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