Potential knee surgery puts Usman Khawaja in doubt for start of India Tests
Usman Khawaja faces the prospect of upto three months out of action. @Getty

Usman Khawaja faces the prospect of missing the start of Australia’s home Test series with India from December 6 with surgery the likely requirement for a meniscal tear on his left knee.

The batsman twisted his left knee during throw-downs before the start of day three of the ongoing Abu Dhabi Test versus Pakistan, and will meet a knee surgeon upon return to Australia. If he undergoes surgery, Khawaja could be sidelined for anywhere between six weeks to three months.

Khawaja did not field on Thursday and his place as opener went to Shaun Marsh when Australia batted a second time before stumps. He was sent for scans, which revealed a meniscal tear. The 31-year-old has a history of keen trouble, having torn his anterior cruciate ligament in 2014 during training with his Big Bash League franchise and being sidelined for seven months.

Tim Paine, Australia’s captain, said before the start of play on Friday that it was “unlikely” that Khawaja will bat during the fourth innings as they bid to bat out two days after being set a massive target of 538 by Pakistan on Thursday.

Khawaja was Man of the Match in the drawn Dubai Test last week after scores of 85 and 141.