Flintoff Comeback Put Back Until End Of 2010 Season
Lancashire have confirmed that all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will not be making his comeback from injury until after the 2010 season has finished.
The England international was scheduled to play in a second XI match against Yorkshire starting today (3rd August), but was pulled out of that game on medical advice before the club issued the following statement:
"Lancashire County Cricket Club has today confirmed that Flintoff will not be returning to competitive cricket for the remainder of the 2010 season."
Director of Cricket, Mike Watkinson added: "Whist Andrew has made significant progress, the combined opinion is that he is not quite ready for a return to cricket. He will continue his rehabilitation into the winter months and we will constantly monitor and review his progress so that he is better equipped for a return to action."
Having announced his retirement from playing Test cricket and then bowing out after the 2009 Ashes series at The Oval, Flintoff underwent knee surgery, since when he has been out of action.
He had announced he would play one-day and Twenty20 cricket for Lancashire, as well as four-day cricket in a bid to get back into contention for selection for England's limited overs squads.
He was also included in Chennai Super Kings' initial roster for the Champions League, which will be held in September in South Africa, although the latest medical bulletin would cast significant doubt on his participation for the Indian Premier League champions.
Reports have linked Flintoff, who played 78 Tests, 138 One-Day Internationals and seven Twenty20 Internationals for his country, with Australian and New Zealand domestic teams, who have recently begun signing big-name overseas imports for their Twenty20 competitions.
Flintoff had also planned to return to his former club, Saint Annes, in a bid to step up his rehabilitation.
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