New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh has been diagnosed with the first stage of cancer, according to reports, and is undergoing treatment in the United States.
The left-hander has been in the US since last month, being treated for what was earlier believed to be a tumour in the lungs.
In October it was revealed that a tumour had been detected in his left lung, though it was said to be non-malignant, which had led to the India all-rounder declaring himself unavailable for the five-match home one-day series against the West Indies and also the Test series in Australia.
Now, though, it seems the tumour is malignant, which is why Yuvraj is undergoing chemotherapy in the Cancer Research Institute in Boston.
However, his physiotherapist Dr Jatin Choudhary assured that the ailment is curable and the batsman would be fit to return to playing cricket in May.
"It is a rare tumour and is cancerous, but it has been detected in stage one itself. Doctors had to decide whether to continue (with) medication or go for chemotherapy, but since parts of the tumour are just above the artery of his heart, there was a danger that while running it could burst. But it is 100 percent curable," Choudhary said.
"The doctors decided that he would have to undergo chemotherapy and he travelled to the US on January 26. In the end of March, he will undergo a CT scan and should recover by then. After that it is just some rehabilitation in April, before he is fit to be back on the field in May."
His mother Shabnam Singh could not be reached, while his father and former cricketer Yograj refused comments on the matter.
Earlier, there were some media reports that the 30-year-old had gone to the US for surgery, but on February 1 Yuvraj tweeted: "Haven't done any surgery! I don't no we're does Such news come from I'm just on medication !"
Yuvraj has been troubled by health issues since the World Cup, in which he was named the Player of the Tournament after India's victory, and his condition had apparently worsened during last year's IPL.
Speaking to CNN-IBN just about a month ago, before he was diagnosed with cancer, Yuvraj described his illness, saying, "I had difficulty in breathing and then an X-Ray confirmed a tumour. I was shattered. It was devastating for my family, and I was concerned that my career was over."
Since the IPL, Yuvraj has played just one Test match in England and has been taking ayurvedic medicines to battle the disease.
"After ayurvedic treatment only three cycles of chemotherapy are required. Initially, when the cancer was diagnosed after a biopsy in October-end, doctors feared that the treatment would be six cycles of chemotherapy," Choudhary said.
"Thankfully no surgery is required, he is already a lot better than what he was and can't wait to be back on the cricket field."
Choudhary said the detection of cancer was delayed due to wrong diagnosis by an Indian hospital.
"His first biopsy report was stolen from his car and the second from a hospital, I don't want to name (them), (but they) did not give the correct diagnosis. It was a Russian doctor who detected the cancer and after consultations with doctors in the US, it was decided that Yuvraj would undergo chemotherapy," he said.
"Once he is done with chemo in March, his rehabilitation would be complete by April-end and he would be perfectly fit to play in May," he asserted.
(With inputs from agencies)