Stuart Broad has revealed that he will require knee surgery, following India’s tour of England, to alleviate a patella tendonitis problem.

The fast bowler has been struggling with the injury for some time, but has continued to play for his country. He will look to have the surgery either after the ongoing Test series with India, or the limited-overs matches that follow.

However, the 28-year-old will hopefully still be fit for next year’s 50-over World Cup in
Australia and New Zealand.

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India series

In the aftermath of their first five-day victory in almost a year, England will retain the services of Broad for the final Test against India at the Oval. The hosts are looking for a series win that will boost their ICC Ranking, following recent defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia.

Referring to the necessity of surgery, Broad said: “It has got to the stage where it needs to be done. I should be fine for the World Cup.

“The timing is not confirmed. The man (knee surgeon) is flying over from Sweden at the end of the Oval Test to have a look.

“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.”

Star man

The news was broken on the same day that Broad ripped apart the Indian batting order with figures of 6-25 as the tourists were all out for 152 in the first innings of the fourth
Test.

Working in tandem with James Anderson – who himself took 3-46 – the Nottinghamshire seamer showed his world-class ability, as he pulled away from Graeme Swann in the list of
all-time leading English wicket-takers.

Broad now has 261 Test wickets, in addition to 168 ODI scalps. The statistics don’t lie – he is one of his nation’s most potent threats with a ball in hand.

World Cup

England have been drawn in Pool A for next year’s World Cup, which includes both host nations, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and
Scotland.

It is fair to say that without Broad in their ranks, Peter Moores’ men will find progression to at least the quarter-finals a much tougher ask.

At the 2011 World Cup, Broad was the star of the show in England’s Group B win over South Africa. Defending a meagre total of 171, the blond-haired bowled took 4-15 to guide his side to a narrow 6-run triumph.

Below is a video showcasing Broad’s match-winning credentials:

The result kept alive the Three Lions’ chances of reaching the knockout stages, which they did, only to be eliminated by Sri Lanka in the final eight.

Absence

The expected three-month recovery following surgery will ensure that Broad will play no part of England’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka at the end of this year.

Meanwhile, he may also miss a warm-up triangular series with Australia and India down under in January, a month before the World Cup commences.

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