Mark Wood To Undergo Second Surgery: After experiencing a setback upon his return, England fast bowler Mark Wood has disclosed that he may need another operation on his elbow. During a tour of the West Indies in March of this year, the 32-year-old fast suffered the initial injury.
After missing the IPL, when he was scheduled to play for the Lucknow Super Giants, he was inactive until lately. He participated in club cricket for Ashington on Saturday, July 16, which was essentially a fitness test of sorts, but Wood didn’t recover well after the game.
“I’m struggling to be honest. I need another operation, unfortunately. I played that club cricket game for Ashington, which was basically a test. The ECB got me to play that game to see how it was.” Wood told Sky Sports during the broadcast of England’s first ODI against South Africa.
He continued “I’d been bowling well for two or three weeks in the nets, but when it came to the match, it wasn’t so much during the game but the day after. So my elbow is really sore now and I’m struggling to fully straighten it again. So there must be something going on. It’s weird because my ankle feels like a real injury, this doesn’t feel like a real injury to me, my elbow, it’s just been a nuisance.”
“I’ve got to get it sorted right now if I want to be fit for the T20 World Cup, which is the goal, ” he added. “It’s just been so frustrating when I’ve done everything I could, listened to all the experts, and done what they’ve said. To not get over that final hump is so frustrating.”
Wood now faces a tight deadline to have a second surgery and finish the necessary rehabilitation before the 2022 T20 World Cup that will start in Australia in mid-October. The 2010 winners are already lacking a number of fast bowlers due to injuries, notably Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, and Saqib Mahmood.