India in South Africa, 2006-07 December 6, 2006

Patel undergoes ankle scan

Cricinfo staff

There is still a chance Patel could make the first Test © Getty Images
Munaf Patel's troublesome left ankle was examined by a specialist from Johannesburg on Wednesday, and the injury is not thought to be serious enough to prevent his participation in the rest of the tour.

Though he will miss the tour game against Rest of South Africa, there's still a chance that he will be fit to play a part in the first Test which starts in Johannesburg on December 15. Patel left Potchefstroom on Wednesday morning, accompanied by Anil Kumble, and the duo only returned in the evening.

On the surgeon's advice, both MRI and CT scans were taken, and they revealed soft-tissue damage around the peroneal tendon. "There is so significant bone damage," said the report. The surgeon has recommended a rest-and-rehabilitation programme, and it remains to be seen when he will be able to bowl at the nets in the lead-up to the first Test.