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Extent of damage to Baljit's eye assessed

Source: PTI
July 21, 2009 17:09 IST
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India hockey goalkeeper Baljit Singh's condition remains unchanged even as doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) put his injured right eye under numerous tests to ascertain the extent of damage.

"There is no change in the condition of his eye. We have removed the bandage and observing him," Dr Tushar Aggarwal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Opthalmology, AIIMS said.

"We have put him through some tests to see how much structural and functional damage has taken place in his eye," he added.

Baljit suffered a grievous injury to his right eye on Friday in Pune when a golf ball sneaked through the visor of his helmet during a training session. The injury not only ruled him out of the Indian team's European tour but put his career in jeopardy.

The 28-year-old Chandigarh lad was rushed to Delhi, where he underwent emergency surgery. The doctors though are still not sure whether he will regain full vision.

Even though Baljit is otherwise doing fine, Dr Aggarwal said the player would be kept under observation for more days.

"We intend to keep him a couple of days more in the hospital. We will send him home once we are through with all the tests. He is otherwise okay and his family is by his side all the time," he added.

Hockey India secretary-general Mohd Aslam Khan also visited the player on Tuesday and said although Baljit is in good health, doctors are extra careful about his condition.

"He is quite cheerful and in good spirits. Doctors are not allowing too many visitors and are careful about infection," Aslam said.

"In normal circumstances, they would have discharged him, but the doctors are not taking any chances," he added.

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