Knee injury forces Flintoff out of IPL
Andrew Flintoff was forced to pull out of this years IPL after under going knee surgery on Thursday which will see him out of action until July.
Flintoff, who signed a $1.55 million deal with the Chennai Super Kings last year had hoped to make his comeback for the IPL franchise in March after under going surgery last summer.
The latest knee surgery is a major setback for the Englishman and its possible that Flintoff will now be forced to call an end to his cricketing career if further surgery is required.
"When I first had the operation I did not think I would be able to play anything other than one-day cricket, but the news of my recovery has led me to believe I may play in all forms of cricket for Lancashire" said Flintoff.
"It is disappointing not to be able to play for Chennai, who have been very supportive throughout my time with them, but I took this decision because I love playing cricket and want to give myself the best chance of extending my career."
"I have worked extremely hard over the last few months to get to this position and realise there is a lot more hard work in front of me if I want to return and play international cricket again."
"But if I am going to go through another six months of hard rehabilitation and training for long hours, I need a big incentive to be the driving force of that and playing for Lancashire and England again will become that."
"During my time in rehabilitation I have been watching England playing well in South Africa and it has made me realise how much I have missed cricket."
"For the first time in my career I have watched old footage of myself playing on YouTube and I want to get back to playing like that again."