Stuart Broad, in a day which saw him take 6-25 against India at Old Trafford, has revealed that he is to undergo surgery on the knee injury which has troubled him for some time.
While no date is confirmed, it is possible that the surgery will follow the culmination of the Investec Test series with India, and Broad is targeting the World Cup in February for his return.
“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," he said.
"The timing is not confirmed. The surgeon is flying over from Sweden at the end of the Oval Test to have a look. It will either be after that Test or after the one-day series, depending on what he suggests."
Having suffered with tendonitis for some time, it is expected that Broad will miss the limited-overs series with India, with Broad expecting a recovery time between three and four months.
“I should be fine for the World Cup,” he said.
"It's actually a really good opportunity for me to get the knee sorted and to use the time as a strength and conditioning period.
“The 2015 schedule looks really busy so all the players will have to be as fit as they possibly can going into that period."