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Sep 4, 2014

England wicket Matt Prior wishes good luck to his teammate Stuart Broad who will undergo a knee surgery on Thursday. Broad had a busy summer and was also a part of the England team who crushed India in Test series last month. Broad has been suffering from this knee injury for quite a long time now and it needed medical attention. He also missed out on the One-Day International (ODI) series against India because of this injury. He wishes to be fit before the ICC World Cup 2015.

 

  Previously, Broad had confirmed that he will undergo a knee surgery after the conclusion of the five-match series against India. “It’s been confirmed I’m going to have an op. The timing is not confirmed but the fella is flying over from Sweden after the Oval Test (the India series finale) to have a look. It will either be after that Test or after the one-day series, depending on what he suggests,” Broad told the reporters.

Broad ripped through the Indian batting at Old Trafford, packing off the visitors for 152 by bagging six wickets while sharing the new ball with Jimmy Anderson, who scalped three.The pacer though is having some trouble with his knee for quite sometime and wishes to utilise the period after the Oval Test to get the injury sorted. “At any stage in the last 18 months I could have had the op and it’s at the stage where it needs to be done,” he said.

But if the pacer does get the knee operated after the fifth Test then the national Twenty20 skipper will certainly miss the five one-dayers starting August 25 and the one-off T20 slated for September 5 as the estimated recovery period from the operation is 14 weeks. Broad, though, is more concerned about getting fit for next year’s ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, which starts in February. “I should be fine (for the World Cup)…it’s about three, three-and-a half months. It’s actually a really good opportunity for me to get the knee sorted and to use it as a strength and conditioning period,” he said.

Prior will also undergo an Achilles surgery in the same hospital as Broad’s.