ICL: Indian Cricket League

Flintoff undergoes ankle surgery



England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has undergone an operation on his problem left ankle, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.

Flintoff had the surgery on Wednesday to remove scar tissue surrounding a tendon at the back of the ankle, which has been causing him discomfort when bowling. It is still anticipated that Flintoff will be on the sidelines for 12 weeks, which rules him out of the rest of the home season and the ongoing Test series against Pakistan as well as making it unlikely he will feature in October’s ICC Champions Trophy in India.

And with the Ashes series due to start in Brisbane in November, questions have been raised over the readiness of Flintoff — the man England want to lead them in Australia - for a demanding tour.

David Graveney, England’s chairman of selectors, suggested Flintoff might play grade cricket in Australia before the Ashes get underway on November 23 in a bid to get some much practice.

Meanwhile, Flintoff will again be supervised in his rehabilitation programme by Lancashire physiotherapist Dave Roberts, who will liaise with England’s medical staff.

Flintoff had been on course to make his England return in the second Test against Pakistan, which started Thursday, at his Old Trafford home ground, but broke down with a recurrence of his ankle problems during Lancashire’s County Championship match against Kent at Canterbury last Friday.

That led to a fresh consultation on Saturday with a specialist when it was confirmed that Flintoff required further surgery on the ankle which was operated on in January last year.

Meanwhile, Flintoff’s father Colin said, “England seem confident Andrew (Flintoff) will be fit for the Ashes and hopefully he will be. He’s a quick healer and came back from a similar operation all guns blazing last time.

“The only thing that has got him down a bit is that he has worked so hard over the past month to get back again, and now he needs another operation,” Colin added.

Source:The News

More on:,

Thank you for reading this post. You can now Leave A Comment (0) or Leave A Trackback.

Post Info

This entry was posted on Friday, July 28th, 2006 and is filed under General.

Tagged with: ,

You can follow any responses to this entry through the Comments Feed. You can Leave A Comment, or A Trackback.

Previous Post: Depleted South Africa no cakewalk, says Murali »
Next Post: Sangakkara, Jayawardene put SL on top after SA batting collapse »

Read More

Related Reading:

    Subscribe without commenting

    Leave a Reply

    Note: Any comments are permitted only because the site owner is letting you post, and any comments could be removed for any reason at the absolute discretion of the site owner.