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07 December 2023

Yuvraj's doctor sees quick recovery


India's World Cup-winning cricket star Yuvraj Singh should be able to resume training in May after undergoing chemotherapy for a cancerous tumour in the United States, his doctor said on Monday.

Nitesh Rohatgi, a senior Delhi-based oncologist who has been treating the 30-year-old all-rounder, said he was confident he would recover from the malignant tumour located between his lungs.

"It is curable with the help of therapy and will not hinder Yuvraj's career in the long-term," Rohatgi, a consultant of medical oncology at a New Delhi hospital, told reporters.

"I must stress it is not lung cancer. It is located between the two lungs, rather than in the lungs. It's a rare disease, but something which can be cured."

Rohatgi said the cricketer would recover from the rare condition which is called mediastinal seminoma.

"I am confident he will be cured and return to cricket like before," said Rohatgi, adding that Yuvraj will be able to start active training by May.

Yuvraj on Wednesday starts the third week of a nine-week chemotherapy treatment in the United States and will be able to do light training as he improves, the doctor said.

Left-handed Yuvraj played a key role in India's World Cup triumph last April, scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets with his spin bowling to win with the player-of-the-tournament award.

But his family said in November that the all-rounder had been battling a golf ball-sized non-malignant lung tumour which first affected him during the tournament.

Yuvraj, who has not played competitive cricket since taking part in two of three home Tests against the West Indies in November, has so far scored 8,051 runs in 274 one-dayers and 1,775 runs in 37 Tests.