Star batsman Yuvraj Singh is unlikely to play in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League due to the ongoing treatment of his non-malignant lung tumour that could keep him out of competitive cricket for about six months.
According to sources close to the cricketer, Yuvraj is currently in the United States for treatment of his tumour and once it is removed, the recuperation process will start.
"Yuvraj went to UK and from there has travelled to the United States for an advanced treatment. The oncologists who will be treating him in the US will take a call on whether he would undergo surgery or any other form of treatment. But that's for sure, he won't be playing in the IPL," a source in the know of things told PTI on Wednesday.
The fifth edition of the IPL starts on April 4 and Yuvraj, who captained Pune Warriors in the last edition, may only get fully fit around August.
"Yuvraj is an asset and no one would want to see him rush his comeback. He (Yuvraj) knows that Indian team still needs his services and won't rush his comeback. The recuperation might take considerable amount of time, may be upto six months," the source added.
The lung tumour has kept Yuvraj out of action since he played the second Test match in Kolkata back in November last year.