Pietersen undergoes successful hernia surgery

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 19:41 PM IST

London: England batsmen Kevin Pietersen underwent surgery for the cure of hernia and will commence a rehabilitation programme with Surrey CCC in conjunction with the England team medical staff.

ECB Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nick Peirce, said, "Kevin underwent a successful, routine operation with a hernia and an area of weaknesses repaired on the left side while a small hernia was identified and repaired on the right side."

Kevin will now undergo a relatively brief period of rest before beginning a rehabilitation programme.

"His return to first-class cricket will be determined once he commences his rehabilitation programme but we expect him to be fully fit in time for England`s first summer Test starting May 26," Peirce said.

Andy Flower, England team director, said, "Once Kevin`s hernia injury was identified we knew he would require an operation and the surgeon`s findings further underline the seriousness of the injury.”

"We`re pleased Kevin has undergone a successful surgery and can shortly begin his rehabilitation programme with a view to rejoining the England team in time for our first Test match of the summer against Sri Lanka."

Pietersen was ruled out of cricket World Cup due to the hernia injury after England`s group B match against South Africa.