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    Sreesanth set for long absence with toe injury

    New Delhi: Indian pacer S Sreesanth has been sidelined for upto eight weeks due to a toe injury, ruling him out of content_cnion for the four-Test series against Australia starting on December 26.

    Sreesanth was not picked in the original squad for Australia Tests but a rib injury to pacer Praveen Kumar opened up the possibility of his selection when the national selectors meet on Monday to pick a replacement player.

    Sreesanth's injury has already forced him out of the Kerala team in the ongoing Ranji season.

    "I did a bit of ayurvedic treatment and it (the pain) has really come down," Sreesanth told a website. "I was advised surgery but didn't go for it because the last time I did ayurvedic treatment, for a labrum tear on my shoulder, it really helped and I never had to go for surgery."

    "I have consulted the same doctor. The muscles get stronger with physiotherapy. I will start training in Bangalore from December 12," the pacer said.

    The Australia Test series ends on January 28 and Sreesanth said he is hoping to be fit for the ODI tri-series, also featuring Sri Lanka, in February.

    "I will be out for six to eight weeks. I don't think I'll be fit till the end of the Test series. Hopefully for the one-dayers, I will be fit for selection."

    Sreesanth played three Tests in England earlier this year and took eight wickets at 61.62.

    Earlier, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was also ruled out of the Ranji Trophy group stages due to a shin injury. Harbhajan was also not picked for the Tests against Australia.