The former Indian captain will, consequently, miss the two-Test series against South Africa beginning in Nagpur on February 6, an unfortunate development considering his own rich vein of form and the fact that this is the battle between the number one and number two Test sides in the world.
The Bangalorean was hit on his jaw during the second Test against Bangladesh.
“It certainly is disappointing to miss such a big series, but there’s little one can do about it,” Dravid told Deccan Herald on Thursday evening.
“I consulted with doctors here this morning, and they were of the opinion that I would be better of getting the small procedure done now itself, when the bone is a bit softer. They have also advised me three weeks’ rest from competitive cricket.”
The entire procedure is expected to last no more than a half-hour at the maximum. Dravid could start to do some light physical training sometime towards the end of next week.
The three-week window therefore rules the 37-year-old out of the second Test too, beginning in Kolkata on February 14. Dravid, however, will be fit for the next big assignment, the third edition of the Indian Premier League beginning on March 12.