Tennis player Anurag Thakur has suffered a massive tennis shoulder surgery in his native India and is undergoing further operations on the affected parts of his body, including his jaw.
Thakur was diagnosed with tennis elbow and tennis shoulder injuries in March 2016, after the ball of his bat struck his skull while he was playing for Indian team Chennai Super Kings.
He has undergone six operations to correct the injuries, which have left him in a wheelchair.
He is also unable to play professional tennis and is still recovering from the surgery.
Thaksur, who is currently on a promotional tour in India, is the third Indian player to have undergone surgery to correct tennis elbow injuries in recent months.
Indian players who have suffered similar surgeries include Bishan Singh, whose wrist and elbow were surgically repaired in November 2016, and Kala Ramakrishna, who had surgery in January to repair his wrist.
India has been a major player in the treatment of players with injuries to the joint, particularly to the shoulder.
The country is expected to become the first major sports nation to require a mandatory shoulder and elbow surgeon, following the success of the European Union’s new National Strategy on Athletic Training (NATS) initiative, which aims to reduce injury risks to players and coaches.