Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) all-rounder Moises Henriques suffered an ill-fate when he injured himself moments before making his debut for the Punjab franchise against Rajasthan Royals in this edition of the IPL. To make things worse for the Kings XI, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Varun Chakravarthy have also sustained injuries; however, Mujeeb is likely to be available for selection in the next game.

Although Kings XI Punjab scripted a comfortable win over Rajasthan to register their 10 points. Meanwhile, to Punjab’s dismay, Moises Henriques will not get fit anytime soon and is unlikely to feature in the IPL any more. Besides, Kings XI Punjab also cannot name any replacements now as per the rules of the tournament.

Kings XI Punjab head coach Mike Hesson said that it is unfortunate for Moises Henriques to sustain an injury during the practice session. Hesson also added that due to tournament norms they won’t be able to seek any replacements now.

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Henriques injured himself after being named in the side a couple of days ago,” Kings XI coach Mike Hesson said in Delhi. “His injury is going to rule him out for a period of time. So that’s unfortunate and you can’t have a replacement after seven games through injury. So there will be no replacement sought,” he added.

Mike Hesson however, is hopeful that Mujeeb will clear the late fitness tests and make his way into the playing eleven against Delhi Capitals on April 20 (Saturday) at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Hesson is hopeful that the remaining players will chip in and make significant contributions in the rest of the IPL.

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Mujeeb has made good progress, he is certainly not in as much pain as he was a couple of nights ago. So, he would like to train today and we will make a decision after that. Varun (fractured finger) is out for a long time as well with injury. We are hoping that everybody will be able to make contributions in the rest of the IPL,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab will have to keep winning games to keep their hopes alive to qualify for the playoff stages.