At a time when the whole nation was celebrating P.V. Sindhu's historic silver medal feat at the Rio Olympics, London games bronze medallist Saina Nehwal announced on Friday that she will go under the knife for her troublesome right knee on Saturday.
Saina, who bowed out of the Rio Olympics after the first round, has been battling with a knee problem for quite some time.
The World No 5 lost her second group league encounter 18-21, 19-21 to World No 61 Marija Ulitina to crash out of the competition. Saina had said the injury happened during training before the Olympics and it got worse during the match.
The 26-year-old, who was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad on Thursday, informed on Twitter about her surgery.
"Surgery tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. friends pls pray for me," Saina's tweet read.
The ace shuttler is set to undergo her surgery on the right knee at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute in Mumbai on Saturday morning, according to an ANI report.
"Saina has been hospitalised for the last two days and is undergoing treatment for her injury, which got worse during her match against Maria at Rio Olympics," Saina's father Harvir Singh told PTI.
Surgery tomorrow morning at 6 am friends pls pray for mepic.twitter.com/xUGmbU3P3i
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) August 19, 2016
Saina revealed that her knee started troubling just before the Olympics and further worsened after training and her first round match against Ulitina.
(With inputs from IANS)