Blow for Awadhe Warriors as injury forces Saina Nehwal out of PBL opener

Disappointing the spectators at Mumbai's Sardar Patel NSCI Stadium, India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal today pulled out of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) opener between Awadhe Warriors and Mumbai Rockets, citing a foot injury.

Ace Indian shuttler and Awadhe Warriors captain Saina Nehwal pulled out of Premier Badminton League's opening tie here on Saturday due to injury.

Following pain in her right leg in November, the 2015 World Championship silver medallist underwent a scan to diagnose her Achilles tendon problems and was prescribed rest for a couple of weeks.

Star Badminton player Saina Nehwal and other players at the opening ceremony of the Premier Badminton League 2016 in Mumbai on Saturday. Pic/PTI

After playing in the China Open where she lost in the final to Li Xuerui, the 25-year-old pulled out of Hong Kong Superseries due to injury in mid-November.

“Last couple of weeks, I was having an injury. I am on the verge of recovery. I want to be safe and take a bit of time to be fit to play,” Saina said here.

“I hope to recover very soon and be fit to play the rest of the matches. This will be the first time I will be sitting and watching and not taking part,” the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist added.

The World No.2 now has two days to recover before her team Awadhe faces Delhi Aces on Monday in Lucknow.

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