London: England pacer Chris Tremlett will visit a knee specialist later this week amid concerns about his future in the Test squad.
Injuries have limited him to only 11 Test appearances, which have brought 49 wickets at an average of 26, but he has played in only one of England’s last 12 Tests after his starring role in series wins over Australia and Sri Lanka.
The 6ft 7in seamer, 31, missed Surrey’s county championship match against Nottinghamshire last week, the official explanation being that he was ‘heavy-legged’.
But a specialist will now determine the exact nature of the injury to his right knee, with sources fearing he could face surgery.
An operation would almost certainly rule him out of the rest of the summer and threaten his place in England’s tour party for the four-Test series in India starting in November.
Tremlett had only recently returned to first-class cricket after flying home early from England’s tour of the UAE in January with back trouble.