Freddie Flintoff will be undergoing an ankle surgery that will possibly put him out of the ongoing West Indies series atleast. It will be the third time in three years that Flintoff will be operated on the ankle!
According to an ECB Release, despite intense conservative treatment and rehabilitation with England and Lancashire’s medical teams, Flintoff’s ankle has continued to cause him discomfort when bowling at full capacity. Freddie will be undergoing an exploratory arthroscopy on his left ankle over the weekend.
Andrew Flintoff had already missed the first two tests against West Indies. He was originally named in the squad for the first test at Lord’s but had failed a fitness test ahead of the match. The last time Freddie had an ankle operation, the recovery time was nearly three months. This time around the recovery time could be much lesser than that according to Dr Nick Peirce, ECB Chief Medical Officer. After the remaining two tests against West Indies, England play three ODIs and then start a fresh series against the touring Indians. The first Test of the India Series is from July 19th. It looks unlikely that Flintoff will be featuring in that series because of this ankle problem.
England have been hit by injuries to two of its key bowlers now with Hoggard also joining Flintoff in the list. Hoggard was injured during the first test and since then his groin injury has only aggravated.