Surgery threatens Bracken's IPL debut

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Melbourne, Mar 30 (UNI) Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken's participation in the Indian Premier league (IPL) looks to be a distant dream for the left-arm pacer as he has been advised four to ten weeks of rehabilitation following a knee injury which even threatened to end his career.

The rehabilation period will not allow the pacer to take part in the cash rich IPL which starts from April 18 but Bracken is hopeful to make a comeback in the one-day series against West Indies which starts from June 24.

Bracken, who has signed for the Bangalore franchisee, also revealed how close the knee injury was to end his international career.

''I was doing more damage to the ligament every time I walked or moved,'' Bracken told the Sun-Herald.

''It was serious. It could have ended my career if it went, for sure,'' he added.

The 30-year-old Bracken was aware of the problem and still went in to the season. However, he won the 'Man-of-the-Series' award in the CB series for his 21 wickets in the tournament.

''I knew something was wrong,'' he said. ''There was a bit of pain and when I experienced it during the Pura Cup final the doctor suggested I get it looked at.

''The big thing now is that I do the right rehabilitation.

If there is any pain and discomfort I'm going to have to stop.

It's important I don't push it too hard. Because the injury is in a really bad spot it can cause all sorts of dramas,'' he said.


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