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IPL 7: Zaheer Khan unlikely to play against RCB, says John Wright

Mumbai Indians' left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan is unlikely to play against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL clash at the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday, after injuring his bowling arm in the previous game here last Saturday.

"Zaheer has strained his left latissmus dorsi muscle. He is undergoing thorough medical assessment and we are awaiting the reports. It is a bit of a blow for us. But we hope, it is not too serious, not only for IPL but his other international commitments. He is unlikely to play tomorrow. It pretty much looks like it (that he won't play)," MI head coach John Wright told reporters at the pre-match press conference.

Zaheer KhanZaheer Khan (centre) is a vital cog in the Mumbai Indians machinery.

Zaheer has scalped five wickets in the six matches and he left the field after bowling just three balls in his last over against Kings XI Punjab in the previous game, which Mumbai won to snap their dismal five-match losing streak.

Asked for how many days the veteran pacer has been ruled out, Wright said, "that is yet to be determined".

Looking ahead to tomorrow's game against the RCB, who defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling match at home, the former India coach said, "their batting line up is very formidable."

He noted that three of his team bowlers went for 90 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad and they need to work on some of the areas.

The defending champions secured their first win against the Kings XI Punjab and said it was much needed to boost the confidence of the players.

"It was a much needed (victory). We struggled but it was great to get back here. I think everyone enjoyed getting back here and we haven't lost a match here for a long time so we want to continue that here tomorrow.

"We have still got a lot of work to do, we realise that but there is nothing like winning for the confidence of the boys. We are a very happy changing room and people are more relaxed and more players are looking in form and coming into form so that is good for us," he said.

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