Faces another operation on injured knee June 6, 2006

Crocked Jones flies to USA for advice

Cricinfo staff

Simon Jones limps out of England's tour last February © Getty Images
Simon Jones has flown to Colorado to consult with Richard Steadman, a world-renowned surgeon, about his knee injury.

Jones has been battling to recover from a knee injury he sustained during England's tour of India in February, and a comeback for Glamorgan lasted three matches. He has not played for England since he broke down with an ankle injury before the final Ashes Test last September.

After undergoing a scan last week, his specialist in Sheffield advised him to undergo an arthroscopy, but Jones wants Steadman, who has treated Darren Gough among other leading sportsmen, to give him a second opinion.

If that concurs with the original recommendation, Jones is likely to be operated on in the USA and will face another lengthy spell on the sidelines, raising doubts as to whether he will be fit in time for the Ashes in November.

"Simon will probably require keyhole surgery, although we don't yet know the extent of the damage," said an ECB spokesman, who also confirmed that Jones was in the USA and that "the report is due back in the next couple of days."