Sydney, Nov 30: Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson is ruled out of the series against New Zealand and India as he is expected to undergo a foot surgery later this week, who will not be playing cricket for 5 months, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday.
He had injured his left toe, during the tour of South Africa in November. The already depleted Australian pace attack will miss Johnson's services for the next 5 months.
"The specialist advice is that he will require surgery to repair damaged soft tissue structures around his left big toe," Cricket Australia said in a statement
"Mitchell will travel to Melbourne ... to be reviewed by specialist doctors and will most likely need surgery, which is expected to keep him out of cricket for four to five months," the team physio Alex Kountouris said. "The program for his recovery will be assessed following any surgery."
Skipper Clarke is quite confident that Mitchell Johnson will be back soon as many players in the past have nursed injuries and returned to the side "It's obviously disappointing to lose Mitchell for such a long period of time, because I've always said he is a wonderful talent and someone I love having around the group in all three forms of the game," Clarke said.
"I think it could have a good impact to be honest. It will give him more time away from the game to clear his head and get himself fit and strong", he added.
Johnson injured his left toe during Australia 's run chase while he was found stumbling and hobbling for the rest of the innings but he stayed at the crease until the team reached the target.
With 190 wickets in 47 Tests, Johnson's cricketing career has been lured by injuries. Though he was going through a bad patch as his name was there in the list of players to be sacked. But his knock of 38 runs in the second test against SA and his involvement in the run chase which was won by Aussies was the only saving grace.
With the recent development, he might miss out on the Overseas tour of West Indies in Mar/April 2012 and with a lay-off from Test cricket for up to 5 months would make it extremely difficult for the 30 year old to force his way back into the Test side in future.