Mark Wood is prepared to be out of action for 6-8 months © Getty Images
Mark Wood is prepared to be out of action for 6-8 months © Getty Images

Mark Wood has been ruled out for almost eight weeks of the 2016 season as he is set to undergo a second operation on his left ankle. The news broke on Tuesday. The English pacer was forced to pull out of his comeback for Durham’s second XI against Scotland, at Chester-le-Street after suffering from more pain during pre-season training. Wood had flown back home during England’s tour of United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2015 in November to undergo the first operation on his troublesome left ankle. Wood was prescribed a cortisone injection that reportedly failed so the English cricketer was forced to visit a specialist who diagnosed a small piece of bone that is causing irritation and inflammation at the back of the joint. READ: England, Sri Lanka Cricket Boards look to adopt points system prior to 2016 series

According to ESPNCricinfo, the entire process will begin later this week or early next. The anticipated time for full recovery is almost six months or more, it is not wrong to assume, Wood is likely to rule Wood out of the three-Test series against Sri Lanka that gets underway next month.

Wood was anyway expecting the surgery as he had admitted about it last week. “At some point, the back of my ankle will need to be operated on, that has been made pretty clear to me by England. It would be the worst possible time, the worst possible feeling, the worst possible everything, but I would have to take it on the chin,” Wood said.

Wood was instrumental in England’s win in the Ashes 2015 where he picked 10 wickets in four Tests.  He was impactful in England’s victories in Cardiff and Trent Bridge.