Wood may need further ankle surgery


England paceman Mark Wood is set to be out of action for much longer than originally thought, after is was discovered that his ankle joint has become inflamed to the point where cortisone is not helping.

Wood underwent surgery on his ankle late last year, after leaving the tour to the UAE in November, and he had hoped to be fit in time for Durham's County season. But pain in training saw him have more scans.

According to Cricinfo, Wood is going to see a specialist in the Netherlands this week, after cortisone injections failed to reduce the inflammation, and he could be back in action as late at mid-August.

Wood said of the new setback: "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 has eight Test caps, and at one point was a bright light for England while James Anderson was injured.