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Dhawan likely to be out of action for at least a week

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Indian batsman Dhawan, who suffered a blow to his thumb in the match against on June 9, may be ruled out for at least a week following a fracture of his thumb.

There are speculations that young opening batsman may be flown in as Dhawan's replacement.

Accordinvg to ESPN cricinfo, Dhawan, who is believed to have suffered a hairline on his left thumb, has gone to to undergo scans and a final word on the status of the is likely to emerge later today. Dhawan scored a century against on Sunday at the Oval in He is likely to be out of action for the matches against and

According to a official, the Indian selectors have not yet named any replacement. It is understood they want to wait for the full diagnosis and results of Dhawan's medical tests, including the likely recovery time, before they take a decision on whether to retain him or ask for a replacement.

said Dhawan will be under observation.

At least three Indian selectors - M S K (chairman) along with and - are travelling with the Indian squad.

Former England on Tuesday tweeted that if Dhawan is injured and cannot take part in World Cup, then wicket-keeper batsman should be included in squad.

"Shikha OUT Get Pant on the plane ASAP. KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4," Pietersen tweeted.

However, when asked whether anyone is flying from to the UK, sources said "We are waiting for the confirmation on Dhawan. No one is flying from as of now".

was originally omitted from squad and at the time of naming the squad, chief selector MSK had said has been given a nod ahead of Pant due to his wicket-keeping abilities.

"It's definitely a case where we debated for long. We all felt that either Pant or Karthik will come in the playing XI if Dhoni is injured. We all felt if the happens in the semi-finals, wicket-keeping also matters, so that is the reason why we went for Karthik instead of Pant," Prasad, the of selectors, had told reporters at the time of announcing the squad.

Pant scored 488 runs from 16 matches for Delhi Capitals in the recently concluded (IPL). He was instrumental in taking his team to the playoff stages of the tournament.

The possesses big hitting skills but his wicket-keeping abilities have always come under scrutiny. However, he worked hard to improve his skills and showed impressive work behind the stumps in IPL.

has played two matches in the World Cup so far and they have registered wins against both and

The Men in Blue next take on on June 13.

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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 20:03 IST