Gloucestershire have confirmed that all-rounder Will Gidman is to undergo surgery on his left ankle.
The 28-year-old expects to have recovered in time to start the 2014 campaign. Gidman claimed 55 wickets and scored 439 runs in first-class cricket this year despite struggling with the problem for some time.
"The ankle nagged away for most of the season," Gidman told the club's website.
“I’m going to have an operation to shave a pronounced bone spur on the inside of my left ankle. It’s nothing more serious than keyhole surgery and the recovery period should be swift.
“We won’t be hurrying things because I have had issues with the ankle before and need to get it right this time. I’ll be out of action for about a week after the surgery and then it will be back in to start my rehab.
"I won’t be going anywhere this winter. I plan to spend time with my family and work hard in the gym towards next season.”