Ben Stokes has undergone surgery for the second time on his broken index finger in his bid to once again play cricket pain free.
And while the all rounder has a long road of rehab ahead of him, the early indication is that this operation has been a huge success.
Stokes remains on leave from the game to look after both his physical and mental well-being following the toll that cricket and life had taken on him.
But the news that the broken finger will be able to get to a far better place that it has been in up to now is a giant relief for Stokes.
Leeds based consultant Doug Campbell, who also performed the first surgery back in April, took the screws out of Stokes’ healed finger on Monday and resolved the scar tissue that had been causing the agonising pain around his tendons and ligaments.
Stokes had tried to come back from the initial injury in the summer and even captained England’s one day side in a covid emergency against Pakistan, but was in searing pain throughout.
Soon after that series, Stokes confirmed his break away from the game to get himself better, and this is a positive step in that direction.
It means that the 30-year-old can once again contemplate performing at the highest level without worrying about the chronic pain he was in which will be a big positive for his teams whenever he does eventually get back to playing.
That is still a way off though and with the England squad for the Ashes set to be named within the next week, it is not expected to feature the Durham man in the list.
Stokes originally broke his left index finger back in April in his opening match of the IPL for Rajasthan Royals when taking a catch in the deep.
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