Indian paceman Deepak Chahar has returned to Chennai Super Kings' bio-secure bubble after recovering from the coronavirus infection that forced him into self-isolation ahead of the Indian Premier League.
Chahar was one of the two CSK players who had tested positive for Covid-19 last month alongside several members of the support staff.
Chahar, who has represented India in three ODIs and 10 T20Is, will need to undergo further fitness tests before being allowed to start training for the grand event that commences on September 19.
"Deepak Chahar has tested negative twice and is back in the team bubble," confirmed Chennai chief executive Kasi Viswanathan.
Chahar will have to go through a cardio examination under the supervision of the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) medical team, which will determine his status.
The 28-year-old is a key player for Chennai and currently holds the record for best bowling figures (6-7 against Bangladesh) in T20 internationals.
The other Super Kings player who tested positive, Ruturaj Gaikwad, is still in isolation and will reintegrate with the squad in a few days pending the results of his coronavirus tests.
CSK will kick off their campaign with the tournament opener against incumbent champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi.
They are already bereft of the services of two senior players as Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh opted to withdraw from the upcoming season due to "personal reasons".
The three-time IPL winners led by longtime skipper MS Dhoni have not yet named any replacements for the veteran duo.