New Delhi: A hand injury sustained during the Commonwealth Games has forced star Indian boxer Vijender Singh out of action for an indefinite period, which includes the upcoming Asian Games where he was the defending champion.

The middle-weight boxer had sustained a ligament injury in his left hand during the CWG final in Glasgow, which he lost to settle for a silver medal. “I thought I could do it and had been training to be ready for the trials but my hand is not holding up. The bone will take some time to settle down. There has been bleeding also so I have decided to play safe,” Vijender told PTI.

“My doctors have said that the best way to deal with this injury is to just take rest. I don’t know how long it might be but hopefully it is not too long,” he said. Vijender said he would remain in Patiala for the period of his recovery.

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