PKL 2019: Recovering Siddharth Desai looking forward Season 7 auction

Raider Siddharth Desai, who has been released by U Mumba for the Pro Kabaddi League season 7 auction hopes to recover from a shoulder surgery by July.

Siddharth Desai finished PKL season 6 with 218 raid points third-highest in the list behind Pawan Sehrawat and Pardeep Narwal.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Siddharth Desai will be one of the top raiders in the player auction pool for Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season seven. He will be placed in Category A, according to information from the organisers. The 28-year-old raider, released by U Mumba on completion of his contract in January 2019, is available for selection by franchises taking part in the auction process on April 8 and 9. The total number of players to go under the hammer is yet to be finalised.

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PKL season six marked a debut season for the Kohlapur based player, who walked away with the Best Debutant award following his breathtaking performances scoring 218 raid points. He also underwent surgery on the left shoulder, leading to his name missing from the retained players's list. Desai spoke about the circumstances leading to the surgery and recovery.

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He said: "The shoulder injury happened last November and surgery was done in February 2019. Even after the injury, I continued playing and scored almost 100 points for my team. For a raider, shoulder is not as critical as the knee. Fortunately, I did not have to undergo knee surgery, otherwise  playing in a pro event would be tough."

Desai, looking forward to be part of season seven action post-auction, said: "The surgeon told me about the shoulder joint needing three months to recover. I have finished month and a half, I am working on the recovery with a personal physio. My shoulder will be in normal form a month from now."

PKL season seven commences in July, 29 players were retained by 11 out of 12 teams, with Puneri Paltan releasing all of its players for the auction.