Saxelby needs new operation on his knee
Gloucestershire swing bowler Ian Saxelby has suffered another serious setback to his career.
Already sidelined for the final month of the county campaign, the 23-year-old must undergo surgery to correct a worsening knee condition.
And Saxelby has been told he will almost certainly require a further operation to help alleviate chronic structural damage in the future.
This is the latest in a series of unfortunate blows for the promising bowler, who missed the whole of the 2010 season after repeatedly dislocating a shoulder.
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He came back from surgery on that occasion to take 49 LV= County Championship wickets in 2011 and this year was going equally well, with 35 first-class victims, when a worsening knee condition brought a premature end to his season.
Saxelby is due to enter hospital next month, after which he will undergo a six to eight-week rehabilitation period.
He said: "The knee will be scoped and the surgeon will tidy up any wear and tear while gathering further information which doesn't show up on scans.
"I tore the posterior cruciate ligament, which helps to stabilise the knee, when I was about 16 and the added strain that caused seems to have affected the cartilage.
"I had a clean-up operation two years ago, but the condition has deteriorated quite rapidly since then through day-to-day cricket and I now have bone on bone causing a problem. Just before the Cheltenham Festival, the knee started to cause trouble by aching and swelling up a bit. I had it strapped and was on pain-killers for three or four weeks, but by the time we played Hampshire last month it was double the normal size and I realised that something was wrong structurally.
"Our physiotherapist Steve Griffin pulled me out of the next match and I went to have the knee scanned. From there, it was obvious an operation would be necessary."
Gloucestershire today embarked upon their final game of the LV= County Championship campaign, against Leicestershire at Grace Road.