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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has revealed that he is likely to undergo knee surgery at the end of the ongoing Test series against India.
Broad was in top form on the first day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford as he sliced through India’s batting line-up with a six-wicket haul.
Broad, who has been diagnosed with tendonitis for some time now, is expected to be out of action for up to three-and-a-half months.
“In the past 18 months I could have had an op at any stage but it has got to the stage where it needs to be done,” Broad said. “The timing is not confirmed. The surgeon is flying over from Sweden at the end of the Oval Test to have a look. It will either be after that Test or after the one-day series, depending on what he suggests.”
However, Broad is not worried about the surgery since Middlesex pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones and Surrey all-rounder Stuart Meaker have undergone the same procedure recently.
“Toby and Stuart had it done at the end of last season and it’s about three months, or three-and-a-half months. I should be fine for the World Cup,” Broad said. “It’s actually a really good opportunity for me to get the knee sorted and to use the time as a strength and conditioning period. The 2015 schedule looks really busy so all the players will have to be as fit as they possibly can going into that period.”