London: England batsman Kevin Pietersen’s return to cricket may be delayed further after reports emerged that he may require knee surgery so that he is fit in time for the Ashes. Although Pietersen had hoped that an extended period of rest will be enough to alleviate the pain that is being produced by a bone spur in the area but surgery may be a necessary evil for the player to get rid of the problem which he sustained during the recent drawn Tests in New Zealand.
According to a report, the surgery will allow Pietersen to get fit in time for the Ashes, but may make his participation in the early Test series against New Zealand unlikely. The report further said that the 32-year-old’s unavailability would further weaken the quality of a contest that Pietersen himself has questioned several times due to the strength of the touring side and their arrival dates. The surgery, which is a relatively minor procedure, is one that several cricketers from Andrew Flintoff to Glenn McGrath have undergone to ease their pain.