Flintoff to undergo operation
The ECB medical team have announced that England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will undergo surgery in a bid to overcome an injury to his left ankle.
Dr Nick Peirce, ECB Chief Medical Officer, said: “Andrew Flintoff has undergone rigorous fitness testing over the past two days, most recently 30 minutes of net bowling on Tuesday, but has reacted to the testing with further discomfort in his left ankle.
“Despite intense conservative treatment and rehabilitation with England and Lancashire’s medical teams, Andrew’s ankle has continued to cause him discomfort when bowling at full capacity. As a consequence he will undergo an exploratory arthroscopy on his left ankle over the weekend.
“This current ankle injury is separate to the previous posterior impingement injury and while a comprehensive timescale of rehabilitation will be clearer following the operation the recovery period is not expected to be as long as Andrew’s previous surgery.”
Flintoff said: “Obviously I’m bitterly disappointed to face another operation on my ankle as I really thought I was making progress with the injury over the past few weeks.
“I’ve been working really hard on my game and the rest and rehabilitation appeared to be helping the ankle but after giving it a strong workout this week, it now seems that an operation is the only option.
“Having bounced back from ankle surgery before I know how much work is ahead of me but I’m desperate to get back playing for England and determined to overcome this setback as soon as possible.”