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Rana praying to get fit ahead of series against England


NaveedInjured medium pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan began a race against time to get fit in time to play a role in Pakistan’s campaign in England later this summer when he flew for London on Saturday to consult a specialist over his groin injury.

Rana, 28, is a doubtful starter to feature in the four-match Test series against England during July-August but the player is hoping against hope that he would be fit soon.

“I’ve been waiting to play against England and hope to be fit to be in the squad for the Test series,” said Rana, who is to see a specialist on Monday to find more about the groin injury that he sustained while playing English county Sussex earlier this season.

Rana said that the injury has already responded to early treatment and he is praying that it would heal within the next few weeks. “The day I suffered from the groin problem while playing a match for Sussex, even walking was painful. But now I can run without much pain,” he said.

It is suspected that Rana is suffering from a Gilmore’s Groin, an injury caused by tears to the adductor muscles but it would only be confirmed once he sees the specialist in England on Monday.

According to the Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, not many Pakistani players have suffered from it but he knows a thing or two about it because England’s spinner Ashley Giles had to overcome it in the past.

Rana would need a surgery if it does turn out to be Gilmore’s Groin, an injury named after the surgeon who discovered it. “I hope that it will not need a surgery,” said the talented medium pacer who was expected to play a pivotal role in the Pakistani attack following the absence due to injury of key strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar. If Rana is advised to undergo a surgery then he would be out of action for almost three months.

The Pakistani cricket officials are expecting a final report on Rana’s injury by Monday night after which it would decide whether a replacement in the 16-man squad for the tour of England is needed.

Source:The News

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