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Manoj Tiwary loks to smash a delivery, Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils, Group A, Champions League Twenty20, Centurion, October 13, 2012

Manoj Tiwary, the Indian batsman, has been ruled out of competitive cricket for four months because of a twisted left knee. Tiwary picked up the injury during a football drill for the Kalighat cricket club in Kolkata. As a consequence, he will most likely miss out on India’s tour of Zimbabwe, which is slated to begin on July 24.

The BCCI has asked Tiwary to fly to England on June 29 to meet Dr Andrew Williams, a British orthopaedic surgeon and knee specialist, for consultation and immediate surgery. Dr Williams has worked with the likes of Andrew Flintoff, Shoaib Akhtar, and more recently Cheteshwar Pujara.

This is the second time this year that Tiwary has been ruled out because of injury. He previously suffered a shoulder injury during the Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final against Delhi in March, just a month after making his return to competitive cricket in the Irani Cup for Rest of India against Mumbai. During this year’s IPL, he was out for a week because of a bruised right hand he suffered against Kings XI Punjab on April 26.

In December last year, he was prescribed six weeks rest after sustaining a back injury during the Ranji Trophy. As a result, he missed the Twenty20 and ODI series against both England and Pakistan.