'KP has a fractured finger'

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Kevin Pietersen is "touch and go" to appear in Delhi's first couple of Indian Premier League matches due to a finger injury, according to a report.

Kevin Pietersen is "touch and go" to appear in Delhi's first couple of Indian Premier League matches due to a finger injury, according to a report.

The Daredevils captain admitted upon his arrival in India this week that he is nursing an injury, but told the <i>Times of India</i> that "it's a niggle but I am wearing the gear to make sure I don't hurt it any further while shaking hands".

However, the injury appears to be a bit more serious and has restricted him to playing only a limited role during the Daredevils' practice sessions.

"KP has a fractured finger. That is why he isn't taking an active part in the drills," a source told <i>Times of India</i>.

"A well-known doctor has been called to attend on him but he will only meet him in the UAE. He is supposed to be treated there so he can recover faster and take part in the first match. But he is certainly racing against time. It could be touch and go for the first couple of matches."

IPL7 kicks off on April 16 while the Daredevils' first encounter will be a day later against his former team the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Sharjah Cricket Stadium before they face off against the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 19.

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