Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs from her ankle and now faces up to three months on the sidelines.
She is aiming to be able to run again in six weeks and it may be 10-12 weeks before she can start bowling.
Perry helped Australia win the 2010 and 2012 ICC Women's World Twenty20 competitions and defied the injury to play a leading role in their subsequent 2013 Women's World Cup victory over West Indies Women in India.
"Due to Ellyse having enforced rest from the stress fracture, it was felt that now was the time to manage these chronic bone spurs," Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Medical Officer Justin Paoloni said.
"At this stage her anticipated return to running will be minimum six weeks and her return to bowling will be 10-12 weeks."
Despite the long lay-off, she may not miss any international cricket, as Australia are not in action until they take on England in the Ashes Test which begins on 11th August.
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