He showed no discomfort as he ripped the India top-order in Manchester Test on Thursday. Reports in the British press, however, have confirmed that despite his deadly form, England speedster Stuart Broad will have his knee operated at the end of the ongoing Test series. (Manchester Test developments | 4th Test scorecard)
With eyes on next year's ICC World Cup, the 28-year-old pacer wants to be at his fighting best and plans to completely recover from the patella tendonitis in his right knee. Although it has not kept him off the cricket field, Broad does not want to risk a more permanent damage and will get his knee operated once the five-Test series concludes at The Oval on August 19. (Also read: Michael Vaughan urges Anderson to keep sledging India)
Currently playing with a supportive brace on his knee, Broad has been amongst wickets in the Tests against India. Sources close to him, however, have been quoted by British press as saying that the cricketer would rather miss the ODIs against India and the tour to Sri Lanka later in the year than the World Cup next year.
The recovery period after the surgery is likely to be close to four months which means Broad will be fit to bowl for England in Australia and New Zealand next year.