Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who was bought for Rs 3.2 crore, was one of the major positives during India’s title-wining U-19 World Cup last year. @ Getty Images

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have been dealt with a few injury concerns ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) that gets underway on March 23. Rising young fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti has been ruled for a second time running as he’s yet to recover from a back injury. KKR have signed up Kerala fast bowler Sandeep Warrier as his replacement.

Warrier, who was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) set up for the last three seasons, but was unable to get a game, went unsold in the IPL Auctions last December. He was one of the stars in Kerala’s historic first-class season picking 44 wickets. (ALSO READ: Sourav Ganguly joins Delhi Capitals as advisor)

Nagarkoti, who was bought for Rs 3.2 crore, was one of the major positives during India’s title-wining U-19 World Cup last year. He is currently recovering at the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and will need another two to three months to fully recover. Karnataka seamer Prasidh Krishna, who was signed up by KKR last year, has now been made a permanent member. (ALSO READ: Onus on players to manage IPL workload: Virat Kohli)

In another blow to the pace department, Shivam Mavi, who was also part of the Under-19 World Cup winning team last year, has been ruled out of the ongoing season with a stress fracture in his back. Mavi, who plays for Uttar Pradesh in the domestic circuit, is likely to be out of action for at least six months.

KKR start their campaign with a home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 24.