The effects of the miserably long English tour for the players could carry on to the Champions League in the form of injuries. Here's a look at the players struggling to gain fitness and how their absence could affect their teams.
The master blaster's importance in the Mumbai Indians line-up is unmatched but in the 2011 edition of Champions League T20, the team will have to do without their skipper. Sachin was earlier ruled out of the ODI series in England due to an an inflammation on his right toe.
The Kolkata Knight Riders captain is sure to miss his side's qualifying matches. Although, if his team does progress further in the tournament, he could participate, depending on his fitness. Gambhir suffered a concussion and then blurred vision after falling on his head in an attempt to catch a pull shot by Kevin Pietersen during the the final Test against England at The Oval.
India's leading pacer, also a vital part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, will not be seen in action in the Champions League. RCB are sure to miss Zaheer's services in the tournament. The pace spearhead had an ankle surgery and he is expected to take 14-16 weeks to heal completely.
The Mumbai batsman has been named in his team's squad but whether he will be fit to play is not yet known. Rohit was ruled out of the ODI series against England after suffering a fracture in the index finger of his right hand in the 1st ODI against England.
The bowler who plays for Mumbai Indians suffered a suspected ankle injury after slipping on the field while chasing the ball during the fifth and final ODI against England. The seriousness of the injury is still not known but if he fails to make it for Mumbai, it'll be another setback for the IPL team. Thank god for them that Harbhajan Singh, who also missed most of the England tour, recovered in time.
The Kiwi pacer is struggling with a shoulder injury and is a doubtful starter for the Auckland Aces. He, however, has travelled to India for the tournament and his team is hoping for Martin to recuperate in time to take part in the qualifiers. With a relatively young side, the Aces need Martin, who has the experience of bowling in India, to be fit and ready to play.
Another of Auckland Aces' bowlers who is doubtful. The Kiwi international has got a swollen tooth but is expected to be healthy enough in time to feature for the New Zealand side.
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