England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is to have a fourth operation on his right knee on Monday and will be out of action for between four and six months, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.
Vaughan has not played for England since returning home early from the tour of India in February.
The surgery, following a visit to a specialist on Thursday, means he will miss the home series against Pakistan which starts next month and makes him extremely doubtful for the tour of Australia over the New Year.
Peter Gregory, the ECBâ€™s Chief Medical Officer, said, â€œMichael Vaughan worked extremely hard with the support of the Yorkshire medical staff to strengthen the knee to the point where he was able to begin playing again. However, he has still been experiencing some discomfort and further surgery is necessary if he is to regain the level of fitness required for international cricket.
â€œOur priority now is to safeguard Michaelâ€™s long-term interests and ensure he can resume his playing career,â€ Gregory added.
Vaughan last had surgery on his knee in December and made his comeback for Yorkshire at the end of May. But soreness in the joint prevented him from fielding in a match against Sussex last week.
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