- Test captain Ben Stokes is injury doubt for England’s January test tour of India
- The talismanic all-rounder was assessed by England at Headingley last week
- He is already booked for surgery on his left knee for long-standing issues
Ben Stokes has given England a new injury scare ahead of January’s Test tour of India after twisting his ankle during fitness testing.
He was at Headingley last week undergoing assessment, leaving on crutches. England’s inspirational Test captain is booked for surgery on his left knee in the coming days in a bid to overcome a long-standing issue — he did not bowl a ball in the final three matches of the summer Ashes.
Suggestions are that the fresh damage is not a major concern, but he is already in a race to recover in time to join up with England’s pre-tour training camp early next year.
During the World Cup, Stokes spoke positively about his post-op recovery being between five to seven weeks, saying: ‘I don’t think the surgery is going to have any hindrance on me taking part in India.’
But it could delay his return to bowling until deeper into the five matches, which start in Hyderabad on January 25 and conclude in Dharamsala in March.
Ben Stokes could be a doubt for England’s tour of India in January after twisting his ankle