Allrounder back to full training in six weeks May 30, 2006

Symonds has surgery on wrist problem

Cricinfo staff

Andrew Symonds feels the problem when he plays a lot of cricket © Getty Images

Andrew Symonds was due to have surgery in Melbourne today on a minor but long-standing wrist problem. Errol Alcott, the team physiotherapist, told the Herald Sun Symonds had a "flake" lodged in his left hand.

"It's just a lining of the bone which in the complicated movement of swinging the bat around at different positions and angles and forces, there can be inflammation and soreness," Alcott told the paper. "It's a bit of an occupational hazard of course, particularly for someone like him fielding in close."

Symonds should be training fully in six weeks and his manager Matthew Fenton said now was the ideal time for the operation. "It's something when he plays a lot of cricket, he notices," he said. "It's something that he has had for a quite a while." Symonds played eight Tests and 22 ODIs in 2005-06 and also struggled with a hip problem on the tour of South Africa.