Andrew Flintoff has been ruled out of England's upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka for further tests on his long-standing ankle problem, the England and Wales Cricket Board said Thursday.
The star allrounder, currently in South Africa where England have been taking part in the World Twenty20 championships, would return home later in the day to receive an assessment by a specialist on his troubled left ankle, the ECB said.
"As a result he will not take part in England's forthcoming One-Day series in Sri Lanka," the ECB statememt added.
Flintoff missed the recent Test series against India and the West Indies as a result of injury although he did return last month for the ODI series against India in which his tight bowling played a key role in an eventual victory.
However the ECB statement said it was clear that the ankle, for which he underwent surgery last year, was still causing him problems.
"Andrew has experienced some discomfort as the World Twenty20 tournament has progressed, but has been determined to provide a contribution to the team's performance," it said.
"At no time was further damage to the ankle sustained, but unfortunately it was clear that his ability to increase the intensity of his rehab and participation could not be progressed."
England are expected to fly straight to Sri Lanka for the five-match one-day series, which begins on October 1.