Ben Stokes is set to miss the Ashes series, according to a report in the UK.© AFP
Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ second broken forefinger is likely to be ruled out of the Ashes, according to a report in England. Stokes has been on indefinite leave since leaving the home Test series against India due to an injury to his left index finger while playing in the IPL for the Rajasthan Royals. “Doug Campbell, a Leeds-based consultant who underwent the first surgery in April, took screws from Stokes’ healed finger on Monday and fixed the scar tissue around his tendons and ligaments that caused pain,” the Mirror reported.
The report said the broken finger would be much better now and that Stokes could play without chronic pain in the future. But the 30-year-old is not expected to return soon.
The Ashes starts in December. On Wednesday, Stokes posted a photo of himself with his wife Clare on his Instagram with his left index finger tied.
Stokes tried to make a comeback this summer, playing in Durham in the T20 bombing in June and was also selected for the one-day series against Pakistan in July.
The series was disrupted by the first England team to be isolated following the eruption of COVID-19.
Stokes led the second string side, which included nine undefeated players, and led England to a 3-0 series win.
However, he needed painkillers throughout the series. He has not played cricket in any format since July 26.
Stokes is not available for selection for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
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