England bowler Tim Bresnan has undergone surgery on his elbow but is expected to be fit for the Test series against Pakistan in the new year, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed on Thursday.
Yorkshire paceman Bresnan felt pain in his elbow during the recent one-day tour of India and was sent for an operation to remove a bone fragment.
But the ECB said they expected him to be fit for next month's visit to the United Arab Emirates, the venue for Pakistan's 'home' series because of security concerns in their own country.
"The Yorkshire and England pace bowler Tim Bresnan underwent an operation yesterday (Wednesday) to remove a bone fragment from the back of his elbow," said an ECB statement.
"His symptoms started during the England one-day squad's recent tour of India and have failed to settle with rest."
"The ECB medical staff will oversee his rehabilitation programme in conjunction with Yorkshire and he is expected to make a full recovery in time for England's Test Series against Pakistan in the UAE which starts in January."
England, the world's number one ranked Test side, are expected to name their squad for the three-match series next week.