The mystery behind India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh's injury was finally revealed on Saturday. His family disclosed that the southpaw was diagnosed with a non-malignant tumour on his lung.
According to a statement released by his mother, Shabnam Singh, Yuvraj had been troubled by bouts of coughing and vomiting during the 2011 World Cup but ignored the problem during the tournament, "assuming it was due to stress."
Yuvraj immediately sought medical attention which revealed a "golf-ball sized" growth on his left lung. Reports suggested he "had what in medical terms is called an abnormal tumour called lymphoma. The danger was, we were told, that it could be malignant."
When injury forced Yuvraj to return mid-way from the England series, further reports suggested that the tumour was non-malignant and could be treated with therapy and medication.
Yuvraj, requested BCCI president N Srinivasan for some more time to recuperate and as a result, was not considered for the ODI series against West Indies. The left-hander is also not included in the Test squad for the tour of Australia.
Shabnam Singh added that Yuvraj, "did not want to rush things and that he was already preparing himself to play the ODI series in Australia."