India captain Virat Kohli is hopeful the injured Shikhar Dhawan will be available for the final stages of the World Cup group stage.
Opening batsman Dhawan suffered a hand injury during Indias victory over defending champions Australia at the Oval on Sunday.
The 33-year-old scored 117 as his team clinched a 36-run win but suffered a hairline fracture in his hand which initially appeared to put his World Cup in jeopardy.
The problem does not appear as serious as first feared, however, and Kohli is optimistic that the opener will return to the side before the knockout stages of the World Cup.
Speaking after Indias abandoned match with New Zealand on Thursday, Kohli said: Shikhar is going to be in a plaster for a couple of weeks and then well assess where he stands.
Hopefully he heals quickly and should be available for the latter half of our league stages, and the semi-finals as well.
India face arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday and Kohli, 30, said: Its an opportunity to create excitement. Its a marquee event all over the world.
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