Mumbai: Mumbai Indians’ fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been ruled out of the remainder part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season with a knee injury. Malinga could also be sidelined for forthcoming England tour.

Mumbai Indians are determined to ask the BCCI for a replacement for their injured Sri Lankan sling-arm action bowler Lasith Malinga after the Sri Lankan pace bowler was ruled out of ninth season of the IPL due to a constant knee injury.

The medical team of Mumbai Indians found him unfit for at least another four months because of his recurring knee injury.

The news was confirmed by the team on Twitter, explaining that the Sri Lankan speedster had not overcome the injury as expected and won’t be able to take part in the tournament.

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Malinga had suffered a bone bruise to his left knee in November during Sri Lanka’s tour of the West Indies. But the chronic knee problem never decreased, and he was forced to give up the national captaincy on the eve of the World T20 before flying home from the tournament early when he re-injured the troublesome joint in a warm-up match against Afghanistan. It is unclear how long Malinga will spend on the sidelines.

“Mr. Malinga will present himself before the SLC panel of expert doctors on Wednesday (20th) and depending on the outcome of the said medical examinations, be required to face a match fitness grading after which SLC will take the next appropriate steps,” a media release stated on the Sri Lanka cricket website.