England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day August 7, 2014

Broad to undergo knee surgery

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Stuart Broad will undergo surgery on his right knee at the end of the Investec Test series between England and India.

Broad, who claimed the 12th five-wicket haul of his career on the first day of the Old Trafford Test, expects to be out of action for up to three-and-a-half months, but is confident that he will be fit to play a full part in the World Cup which starts in February.

Broad, 28, overtook Graeme Swann's wicket tally during the day and now stands sixth on the all-time list of England's Test wicket-takers.

But he has struggled with tendonitis in the knee for some time and, while the timing of the operation has not been confirmed, it seems highly likely he will miss the limited-overs internationals against India that follow the Test series.

"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," Broad 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."

Toby Roland-Jones, the Middlesex seamer, and Surrey's Stuart Meaker have had the same type of surgery recently, giving Broad an idea of his recovery time.

"Toby and Stuart had it done at the end of last season and it's about three months, or three-and-a-half months. I should be fine for the World Cup.

"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."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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