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Mitchell Starc to undergo ankle surgery

Mitchell Starc to undergo ankle surgery
Mitchell Starc might need three to four months of rehabilitation following the surgery on his ankle.
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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is expected to miss the 2016 World Twenty20 as he is set to undergo an ankle surgery to treat his long standing injury.

Starc was earlier ruled out of the Frank-Worrell Trophy against West Indies due to a foot injury he sustained during the third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.

Scans on Starc's right foot revealed an early stage stress fracture of his third metatarsal which needed a minimum rest of three weeks.

The Australian team management decided to use this period of layoff to meet with specialists and decide whether or not Starc needs to undergo a surgery for his ankle.

Australian physiotherapist David Beakley revealed that based on the recommendations of the specialists, Starc will undergo the surgery right away.

“After discussions with specialists, and in consultation with Mitchell, we believe the best course of action would be for Mitchell to have the surgery for his ankle impingement now while he is currently laid off with the stress fracture in his foot,” said Beakley. 

Beakley also confirmed that Starc is “highly unlikely” to participate in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 which will be played in India in 2016.

“His return to play timeframes will be clearer once the surgery is complete but it is unlikely that he will be available for the ICC World T20.”

In September, the chairman of selectors for Australia Rod Marsh revealed that if Starc undergoes a surgery he will be out of action for at least three or four months. 

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