London, Apr 26 (ANI): England's injured all rounder Andrew Flintoff could be back in just seven days.
The injury-jinxed all-rounder will undergo keyhole knee surgery on Monday after tearing his cartilage playing in the IPL.
The gloomiest predictions have put his recovery at five weeks, ruling him out of the two-Test West Indies series and the start of the Twenty20 World Cup. But the ECB is confident that Flintoff will be ready way ahead of schedule.
An ECB insider declared: "Keyhole surgery is an in and out job. Fred will only be in hospital for a day. The surgeon is confident the operation will be a total success. Premier League footballers have often had these types of operations and been back playing within a week. Everyone is extremely optimistice Fred will be fit for the World Twenty20."
Flintoff's career has been dogged by injury, with experts like Allan Donald insisting he needs to alter his action to save his career, News of the World reported.
He was hampered by hip and side problems this winter and has had four operations on a chronic ankle problem.
Former captain Nasser Hussain has labelled England bosses Hugh Morris and Giles Clarke "weak" for allowing the 30-year-old to travel to play in the money-spinning tournament. (ANI)