Broad, Prior surgery dates set


England bowler Stuart Broad is to undergo surgery on his right knee on September 4, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad and wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior will undergo surgery for respective knee and Achilles injuries on 4 September.

Broad is suffering from patella tendonitis and won't play in this month's six-match limited-overs series against India, while Prior has been ruled out of the rest of the season.

"The ECB medical team confirmed that England pace bowler Stuart Broad is to have surgery on his right knee on Thursday, 4 September," read a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

"A rehabilitation and recovery programme will be determined following the operation."

The seamer's recovery period is not expected to jeopardise a berth in the squad for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where England have been pooled with Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland.

"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," insisted Broad.