Tim Bresnan has been ruled out for the remainder of England's international cricket calendar this summer through injury.
The England and Wales cricket board have revealed that the pace bowler will undergo an operation after sustaining a stress fracture in his lower back.
The ECB said in a statement: "Bresnan will begin a recovery and rehabilitation programme and a date for his return to cricket will be determined in due course."
Bresnan has been involved in the last three Ashes test matches, but will not feature in the next week's finale at the Kia Oval as England look to secure a 4-0 victory.
The 28-year old has proved to be a vital member of England's series winning side, chipping in with 10 wickets and averaging 25 with the bat in the three test's the Yorkshireman has been involved in.
Chris Tremlett is now favourite to replace Bresnan, and is looking to make his first appearance in this summer’s series despite being named in the majority of the match squads.
England's Kevin Pietersen remains the side's only other injury concern; the batsman underwent a scan on his right knee earlier this week but has been given the all clear for the fifth Ashes test against Darren Lehmann's side, beginning on 21 August.
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