SainaaSaina Nehwal, who underwent a knee surgery at a Mumbai hospital, is likely to be out of action for four months in a big setback for the badminton star, her father Harvir Singh said on Saturday.

He said doctors who performed the procedure, have advised her rest for three to four months.

“We have requested them (the doctors of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital) to allow us to go to Hyderabad (her hometown) so that we can do it (medical follow-up) there. Otherwise she cannot move for four months at all”, Singh said.

Asked specifically if it meant that Saina would be out of competitive action for four months and return to courts only in January, he said: “Yes. It’s really a big setback (for her). It depends on how fast she recovers”.

Meanwhile Saina, the former world number one, shared a picture of her post surgery on Twitter.

She had lost in the group stage after suffering a straight game defeat against Ukraine’s Marija Ulitina in the second match. She later revealed that she had a inflammation on her right knee.

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