In what could be a lethal blow to Kolkata Knight Riders' campaign in the Indian Premier League 2019, star all-rounder Andre Russell seems to have injured his left shoulder after being hit by a bouncer during Wednesday's net session at the Eden Gardens ahead of their game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.
Russell failed to negotiate a bouncer from net bowler Minad Manjrekar which went on to hit him on the neck. The big man from Jamaica immediately fell on the ground and was in immense pain.
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The team physio soon attended Russell and applied ice pack, following which he walked out of the ground. Robin Uthappa and Carlos Braithwaite helped Russell off the field.
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According to reports, Russell was taken to CMRI hospital for scans and the KKR management has ruled out the possibility of a major injury.
It is the same left shoulder where Russell was hit by a Harshal Patel delivery during KKR's match against Delhi Capitals at the Kotla.
Kolkata are scheduled to host the struggling RCB side at Eden on Friday.
Russell has been a star campaigner for KKR this season having scored 312 runs in seven innings at a strike-rate of 213.70.
KKR, who have slipped to sixth spot in the points table with four wins in eight matches, will look to end their three-game losing streak and put their hunt back on track.