Kolkata Knight Riders fret over Andre Russell fitness ahead of RCB clash in IPL 2019

Apr 19 2019 11:42 AM
Kolkata Knight Riders fret over Andre Russell fitness ahead of RCB clash in IPL 2019

Andre Russell is in a great form in the ongoing Indian Premier (IPL) 2019 season. The West Indian all-rounder has unarguably been the outright star for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing Indian Premier (IPL) 2019 season. With the clash against Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) awaiting, a big problem surrounds the Knight Riders as Russell could miss out on the fixture with a shoulder injury. 

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Russell was forced to skip the practice session on Thursday after he had hurt his shoulder during the net session on Wednesday. If Russell who is KKR's top-scoring player this season fails to prove his fitness ahead of Friday's clash with RCB, fellow West Indian Carlos Brathwaite might be included in the team in his place. Since being bought for Rs 5 crore at the auction, Brathwaite has only played one match for KKR this season.

On Russell injury, Karthik said, “He’s got a preliminary X ray yesterday and it's not even been 24 hours. By tomorrow, we will a get much better idea as to how he feels.”

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The practice session was about to end when the incident took place. Russell couldn't pull himself out of the line of a rising delivery from net bowler Minad Manjrekar and the impact saw him fall onto the ground in extreme pain. The concern becomes serious considering it is the same shoulder where Harshal Patel had hit Russell during the match against Delhi Capitals. Russell's wrist was also hurt a couple of matches ago and now the shoulder injury puts his participation in the match against Royal Challengers under threat.

 

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