Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been told by Dr David Young to continue conservative rehabilitation to recover from his knee injury.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will receive an official report from the Australian orthopaedic surgeon and Mashrafe will be on the same programme from the time he arrives in the capital today.
Mashrafe flew to Colombo to visit Young who informed him that there wouldn’t be a need for an operation although it could become a reality if there’s no improvement through this rehab.
“He will be asked to continue with the rehab programme till the second or third week of February,” said BCB’s sports physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury.
Asked how long it might take the ‘Narail Express’ to fully recover, Chowdhury said, “It will take him six weeks since the time he got injured which was on December 21.”
The physician also said that it would depend on Mashrafe’s confidence to regain full fitness.
Mashrafe, who hurt his knee during Abahani’s Premier Cricket League match against BKSP last month, recovered quite a lot to bowl off a few paces but was not kept in the 15-man Tigers’ World Cup squad.