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Says a close friend of John, "The hard ball shot straight through the air and bang into John's right foot and he heard a distinct crack. John knew something had gone awfully wrong in his foot. But he continued shooting throughout the day because he didn't want to disrupt David's schedule which required special permission for outdoor shooting."
It was only after the day's shooting that John, by then cringing in pain, sat down to examine the damage. "The foot had swollen to twice its normal size. It wasn't just a pulled muscle or a torn ligament as John had hoped. It was a full-blown fracture. And by playing cricket on the injured foot, John made it worse," says the friend.
After pack-up, John walked to his car, drove off to the doctor who finally told John what he suspected the whole day. Verdict passed, John was rushed to the hospital in acute pain. Now his foot is in a cast for a month.
Fortunately, for the actor, there's no shooting to be completed. The next one month is devoted to acting workshops for Abbas Tyrewala which John can somehow limp through.
But all his friends and family agree the last week has been tough on John. "He was down with a severe viral fever, followed by the whole unsavoury link-up with Katrina Kaif. Then John lost his favourite uncle. And now his foot is fractured. Hopefully, this is the climax of his crises," says the friend.
Says John, "I really wouldn't like to talk about it. But yes, I'm in a lot of pain. Fortunately, no film is going to get affected."
Bipasha Basu got to know about John's injury on Sunday morning. John had sent her a SMS about his condition on Saturday night. But she had already gone to sleep. Now she's expected to rush back as soon as possible.
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