London: English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff could end up needing artificial knee if he is not managed with care, feels a leading knee surgeon.
Derek Bickerstaff, a leading surgeon who operated on both Simon Jones and Michael Vaughan, feels Flintoff's injured knee has begun a degenerative process that will be difficult to arrest and since the cartilage has no capacity to heal itself, Flintoff may need an artificial joint within 20 years.
"I thought Flintoff was absolutely fantastic at Lord's.
But I would advise against everybody getting too excited and thinking that his problem has somehow been solved," Bickerstaff was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.
"The nature of the injury is that it waxes and wanes. All credit to the medical staff, who did some injection therapy to reduce the inflammation.