IPL news May 22, 2013

Mumbai hopeful of Tendulkar recovery

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai Indians have not ruled out Sachin Tendulkar's participation in the second qualifier on May 24, despite the batsman suffering a wrist injury for which the normal recovery time is around three weeks.

Medium-pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, however, will not play further part in Mumbai's campaign because of a side strain, the franchise said.

Tendulkar hurt his hand while batting during Mumbai's home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 13 and retired hurt. He then missed Mumbai's last two league games as well as the first qualifier against Chennai Super Kings in Delhi. The second qualifier is their last shot at making the final of IPL 2013.

"On investigation we have found that there is some swelling in the wrist and around one of the tendons of his left hand," the franchise said in a statement. "We have addressed this with an injection in his hand by a hand-and-wrist specialist. He is currently under rehab and is progressing well.

"The normal recovery time for this injury is around three weeks, however rehab results in the past nine days have shown reasonable improvement and we are hopeful to get him back in action as soon as possible."

Kulkarni was injured on May 18, during Mumbai's final league game, and missed the qualifier against Super Kings. His recovery period was estimated to be six weeks.