KKR sweats over Lynn’s shoulder injury

“Lynn has undergone an MRI scan on his left-shoulder. Reports are awaited,” is how the Knight Riders reacted to the development. The team officials also confirmed to Sportstar that the picture will be clear in a couple of days, when the MRI report comes out.

Chris Lynn took an attempt to take a difficult catch of Jos Buttler, but ended up injuring his shoulder, in Mumbai on Sunday.   -  Vivek Bendre

It wasn’t a birthday that Chris Lynn would like to remember for long. The Queenslander, who has made a big impact for Kolkata Knight Riders, suffered a major blow on Monday after his Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign came under cloud, following a shoulder injury. While well-placed sources indicate that the Queensland batsman is likely to miss a major part of the tournament, the franchise’s official reaction suggested that the dashing batsman has underwent an MRI and a final call will be taken soon.

“Lynn has undergone an MRI scan on his left-shoulder. Reports are awaited,” is how the Knight Riders reacted to the development. The team officials also confirmed to Sportstar that the picture will be clear in a couple of days, when the MRI report comes out. While it is certain that the batsman will be missing KKR’s next two games--against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad--chances of him making a comeback too soon aren’t looking bright either.

This is however not the first injury for the Queenslander. Lynn clutched the joint in pain after trying to claim an outfield catch of Jos Buttler. While he was immediately attended by Kolkata Knight Riders physio Andrew Leipus, the batsman later took to Twitter to indicate that all was not well. “Dear Cricket Gods, Did I do something wrong?” read the tweet, leading to speculations that his season was all over. While the team management was not willing to add fuel to the fire, Lynn underwent an MRI scan on Monday evening, after which it was more or less clear that the batsman would be out of action for a while now.

This is Lynn’s third injury to the same shoulder in less than two years, and sources in the Kolkata franchise indicate that considering the seriousness of the injury, the team management has decided to restrategise. The Knights got off to a brilliant start in the tournament, thanks to Lynn’s heroics. The batsman is currently the highest run-getter in the season, with 125 runs in two games. He had dislocated his left shoulder in Sri Lanka last year, after previously doing so in 2015.

It is reliably learnt that Lynn’s Big Bash League franchise Brisbane Heat is also monitoring the situation, and is in regular contact with the Knights team management. The tournament, which has already seen a few stars opting out due to injury, is set to suffer further if Lynn too misses out in the end!