Ben Stokes undergoes surgery to treat knee injury
In the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Stokes received treatment on his knee and returned to bowl four overs, but took no part in the third day’s play.
Following consultations with medical specialists, Stokes underwent knee surgery and is expected to be out of action for about six weeks.
This timeframe for Stokes’ recovery means that he will take no part in the limited overs fixtures against Sri Lanka but he should return in time for the Test matches against Pakistan.
On Twitter, Stokes said that he was devastated to miss the Sri Lankan series and revealed that he has been playing with the knee injury for the past two to three years as it was manageable.
"Devastated to be missing the rest of the series, this has been an ongoing issue for 2/3 years which I've managed to play through until now," tweeted Stokes.
In a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board also added that more details about Stokes’ rehabilitation will be given in due course.
The England selectors have opted to pick Chris Woakes as Stokes' replacement for the second Test against Sri Lanka.
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