Broad expects to be out for the year
Stuart Broad has been told he does not need surgery on his shoulder, but the Nottinghamshire paceman concedes there is next to no chance of him playing again for England this calender year.
Broad tore a muscle in his right shoulder 11 days ago during England's NatWest Series one-day international against India at Lord's.
The injury ruled him out of the final ODI at the SWALEC Stadium, this weekend's two NatWest International T20s versus West Indies and the five ODIs in India next month.
It had been hoped the 25-year-old, who replaced Paul Collingwood as Twenty20 captain in May, would be fit to face India in Kolkata in the tour's only T20 game on October 29 - England's last match of 2011.
However, Broad conceded that was all but impossible. "The shoulder is still quite sore. It's a two-month injury so I'm concentrating on making sure I am in the best possible shape for the games against Pakistan in January," he said.
"It's not 100% confirmed I'll not play in India but I'll only play if the rehab goes fantastically well.
"It's good news that I don't need surgery. There is always an extra risk with surgery so that would be a worry.
"It is a two-month recovery time, though, so I need to get that right and make sure it is completely over and I don't have any side effects with it."
The news is a blow to Broad, who has cemented his place among England's attack after a difficult start to the summer.
His position in the team was in doubt when he took eight wickets in three Tests against Sri Lanka.
He bounced back in style, claiming 25 Test wickets against India and chipping in with two half-centuries to help England rise to the top of the Test rankings with a 4-0 whitewash.
He also had arguably the highlight of the summer when he took a hat-trick against India on his home ground of Trent Bridge.
Broad, whose Ashes series was cut short by a stomach injury last winter, admits his role in the India series win will live long in his memory.
"It was one of the best series of my career," said Broad, speaking at the Professional Cricketers' Association awards in London, when he was named NatWest ODI player of the year.
"Winning man of the series in one of the signature Test series is a big honour, but winning it 4-0 was more important and playing India off the park was something special. It is something that this team will always remember."
Broad, who received competition from Tim Bresnan for his Test place, was happy to repay the faith shown in him by the selectors.
"There is always that pressure on you as a player. I probably didn't perform the way I wanted to do in the first month or two of the season," Broad added. "That pressure was building on me quite a bit.
"I went back up to Trent Bridge and played a game for Notts. I pitched the ball up and had a few different fields. That was the changing point.
“It was nice to repay the faith in the selectors, the coach and the captain. I managed to do that. Winning man of the series showed I can perform at the top level and that will give me a bit of confidence going into the future."