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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 May, 2005, 06:18 GMT 07:18 UK
Tendulkar sidelined after surgery
Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar has been struggling with the elbow injury for some time
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar will be out of action for at least four months after undergoing surgery on his troublesome elbow.

The 32-year-old batsman had the operation in London on Monday.

Karunakaran Nair, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, said he could not say how long Tendulkar would be out for.

"We are waiting for a medical report from the India physio John Gloster, who is also in England," said Nair.

Tendulkar will miss a tsunami relief game at Lord's next month, a triangular one-day series against Sri Lanka and West Indies in August and his chances of touring Zimbabwe in September are slim.

He first suffered what was originally described as "tennis elbow" while batting in the nets in the Netherlands last August.

As a result, he sat out three one-day tournaments, including the ICC Champions Trophy, and missed the first half of a four-Test home series against Australia.

But he was back in action against Pakistan earlier this year when he became the fifth man in history to reach 10,000 Test runs.

Doctors are confident Tendulkar will make a full recovery from the operation.

The Asian Age newspaper quoted orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Wallace as saying: "Sachin underwent a surgical procedure under local anaesthetic for a condition affecting the extensor tendons.

"The procedure was successful and there were no complications."

The Indian board and spectators will hope the time scale for his recovery is correct as the national team has a busy winter following the tour to Zimbabwe.

They are due to play home series against Sri Lanka and England, and tour Pakistan and West Indies between November and May 2006.




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