Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League after his franchise, Mumbai Indians’ medical team found him unfit for at least another four months beacuse of an recurring knee injury. The bone injury to his left knee is also expected to keep Malinga out of Sri Lanka’s forth coming tour of England, as well as the Caribbean Premier League. Sri Lanka Cricket doctors will now assess Malinga to determine whether surgery is required. The fast bowler returned to Sri Lanka after undergoing medical tests in Mumbai.

The Cricket Board (SLC) said,  “Malinga will present himself before the SLC panel of expert doctors on Wednesday (April 20) and depending on the outcome of the said medical examinations, be required to face a match fitness grading, after which SLC will take the next appropriate steps.”

Malinga sustained the injury during West Indies tour of Sri Lanka last November, and has battled to regain fitness since then. He has repeatedly missed prospective recovery dates, and has played only one competitive match in the past five months against UAE in the Asia Cup. Having stepped down from the T20 captaincy over fitness concerns, Malinga also flew home early from the World T20, when he aggravated the injury while warming up for the match against Afghanistan.

The franchise has not yet made a statement either on Malinga’s injury or about a replacement, but Mumbai coach Ricky Ponting had earlier said the side had a couple of back-up options in fast bowlers Tim Southee and Marchant de Lange. Southee has played the side last two games, against Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions.

Recurring knee injury rules Mumbai Indians pacer Lasith Malinga out of tournament.

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