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The Indian opener batsman Shubham Gill has sustained a serious shin injury that is likely to keep him out of action for at least two months. As a result, it is quite uncertain that he would feature in the upcoming five-Test series against England that starts from August 4 in Nottingham. According to a source, Shubham’s shin stress fracture will be a race against time to get him fit for the final two Test matches in September. His injury got aggravated in the recently concluded World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton.
Regarding Gill’s injury, a former India pacer said that shin stress fractures are not that threatening but they become time-consuming when it comes to rest and rehabilitation. Luckily, Shubham did not suffer a shin fracture. If that would have been the case, then it would have taken more than three months to heal. In case of a shin stress fracture, it usually takes 8 to 10 weeks for a complete recovery.
However, at this point, it is quite uncertain about who would be Gill’s replacement. If Mayank Agarwal or KL Rahul does well, then Shubham might have to sit out and there won’t be a lot of desperation to get him fit for the fifth Test. Importantly, Nitin Patel who is the physio and Soham Desai, the strength and conditioning coach will be monitoring Gill’s progress in the UK. It is quite unclear whether he will stay back or return home if he gets ruled out of the tour.
As per the initial prognosis of the Indian medical staff, Gill is likely to take a minimum of eight weeks to get back on his feet. The complete details of the injury are quite unclear but it is believed that he might have picked up the injury during a fitness training session. This stands as Gill’s first injury ever since he made his Test debut in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in 2020-21. However, the BCCI has not made any update regarding Gill’s condition. This could be because of the three-week break the Indian squad is currently on.
Shubham’s injury is like a setback for the team as he had shown good performance in the WTC final. The team management does not seem to be worried because there will be quite many options for his replacement. The team will be travelling to Durham in a couple of weeks.