x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Surgery leaves Flintoff in limbo

Having already curtailed his Test career, Andrew Flintoff may now have to give up a lucrative career as a limited-overs specialist after he conceded he may never play again following knee surgery.

Having already curtailed his Test career, Andrew Flintoff may now have to give up a lucrative career as a limited-overs specialist after he conceded he may never play again following knee surgery. As a best case scenario, the talismanic all-rounder hopes to be back in time for the one-day leg of England's tour of Bangladesh in February. His next target would be the Indian Premier League, the 20-over showpiece in which he has barely featured since signing a contract to play for the Chennai Super Kings.

Flintoff underwent surgery for the ninth time in his career immediately after England won the Ashes. Now he has to spend eight hours a day strapped to a machine which automatically bends and straightens his knee for him. However, he revealed in his column to a English newspaper that the rehabilitative process may yet prove to be in vain. "There is a possibility I may not play again. It's something I'm going to have to be prepared for in case the operation is not as successful as I hope," said Flintoff, who turns 32 in December.

"The bottom line is that if it doesn't work, there's nothing I can do about it. But I don't want my career to end like this. "My Test career ended on a high with England winning the Ashes and I'd like to finish my one-day career by winning the World Cup. "You get every Tom, Dick and Harry on TV, and surgeons I've never met, making predictions and assumptions about my injury. "The worst thing is that people listen to them. The surgeon I've worked with knows what he's doing, so I will continue to work with him and be guided by his advice."

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