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Shakib Al Hasan out for 3 months

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is set to miss up to three months of action after an infection was discovered in his injured little finger. Shakib had just had an emergency procedure to remove large amounts of pus from the finger, but will now have to wait for at least three weeks until he can go under the knife once and for all.

Shakib was a part of Bangladesh’s Asia Cup squad and played through the pain barrier for most of their campaign. However, he was forced to miss the final against India, which Bangladesh lost, due to a massive swelling in the finger. Despite the obvious swelling, the team physio failed to identify the occurrence of an infection, having sent medical reports to doctors in various countries including England and Australia.

Shakib confirmed the news himself, saying, “The moment I arrived in the hospital, the doctors told me that I have to get the pus out as soon as possible. Any delay would put me in great danger as the infection spread till my wrist. If I had waited another few days, my wrist would have become disabled.

“I feel better after they took out the pus, but the problem is until the infection isn't gone, there isn't going to be a surgery on my injured finger. It will take another 2-3 weeks to fix. After surgery I will need eight weeks, which means I am out for three months,' he went on to add.

The all-rounder has been experiencing pain in the finger for the last fortnight but refused to lay all of the blame on the team physio despite his failure to identify the issue at hand.

'I have been in this state for the last 14-15 days. The doctor immediately understood what had happened, but our physio couldn't find out. It is true that the physio couldn't detect the problem. There was a bit of mistake so he has to take some of the responsibility. But I won't blame him fully. Nobody knew that it would become infected.”

He also went on to add that since the Asia Cup was such an important tournament for him personally and for the team as well, he was willing to play through the pain to give the Tigers their best shot at glory.

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