England all-rounder Ben Stokes has had a second operation on his injured finger however is unlikely to play within the Ashes towards Australia this winter.
The 30-year-old took an indefinite break from cricket in July to guard his psychological well being and relaxation his left index finger, first injured in April.
He initially had surgical procedure in April however has now had a second operation to take away two screws and scar tissue from the finger.
The Ashes are attributable to start in December.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) says Stokes can have intense rehabilitation over the subsequent 4 weeks.
However no timescale has been given for his return from the harm or from his break for psychological well being causes.
Stokes’ solely motion for England this summer season got here in a three-match one-day worldwide sequence towards Pakistan.
He returned sooner than deliberate after his surgical procedure to captain an understrength England facet after a Covid-19 outbreak, however performed via ache in his finger.
Have been Stokes to be unavailable for the Ashes it will be the second tour of Australia in a row he had missed, having sat out the 2017-18 tour following his arrest exterior a Bristol nightclub.
It will even be an extra blow to England’s Ashes hopes, with quick bowlers Jofra Archer and Olly Stone already dominated out with accidents.
The Ashes moved a step nearer to being confirmed on Wednesday after constructive talks had been held with Cricket Australia over England gamers’ over situations for the tour.