Injury rules Flintoff out of IPL,

Published: Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10:00 [IST]
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Flintoff out of IPL

Durban: Andrew Flintoff f has been forced to return home from the IPL in order to undergo surgery on his right knee.

Flintoff, 31, is due to fly home from South Africa for an operation on his right knee which doctors believe will sideline the all-rounder for three to five weeks.

While appearing for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing IPL tournament, Flintoff felt discomfort in his right knee. The Chennai medical staff immediately contacted ECB Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Peirce.

After scans were conducted of Flintoff"s right knee at a Durban hospital, a slight medial meniscal tear in the knee was detected. After these scans were viewed by Nick Peirce, radiologists the surgeon it was decided that Flintoff should return to London.

Flintoff will undergo an operation early next week and surgeons are confident that he should recover from the keyhole surgery within three to five weeks.

Clearly this is a huge disappointment for both the player and the IPL team," Peirce said. “This sort of degenerative injury though is one that could have happened at any time any where. The procedures we put in place meant that the ECB medical staff were alerted about the problem immediately and we thank Chennai for their co operation."

Hugh Morris, the ECB"s managing director of cricket, added: “Andrew has been extremely unlucky with injuries but if there is one saving grace it is that the injury has occured now rather than on the eve of either the ICC World Twenty20 or the Ashes.

“Having the surgery now means that Flintoff should be available for both those events although he is certain to miss the Test series against the West Indies."

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