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Duo set to return in six weeks

Sri Lanka's middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera will need six weeks to recover following surgery to remove pellets from his knee.

COLOMBO // Sri Lanka's middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera will need six weeks to recover following surgery to remove pellets from his knee. Samaraweera was the worst hit among five players injured when their team bus was attacked by gunmen while on their way to the Qadafi stadium in Lahore. Samaraweera suffered a bullet injury in his thigh, but was taken to a private medical facility for further surgery on the team's arrival in the Sri Lankan capital on Wednesday.

"The surgery was conducted by Dr Narendra Pinto and was successful," Geethanjana Mendis, the director general of the Sports Ministry medical unit, told the Daily News. "There is absolutely no danger to Samaraweera. It will take around six weeks for him to recover." Tharanga Paranavitana, the opening batsman, who made his debut in the first Test against Pakistan in Karachi, also needed minor surgery to remove shrapnel in the chest.

He too can return to action in six weeks, Mendis said. * PA Sport