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Flintoff recovery set for Dubai

Andrew Flintoff
Flintoff is looking forward to a break with the family after a "hard summer"

Injured England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will continue his rehabilitation in the United Arab Emirates following knee surgery.

The 31-year-old is recovering from an operation on his right knee and minor deep-vein thrombosis in his calf.

Flintoff and his family will be going to Dubai for two months.

"It's always easier doing rehabilitation in warm weather and that's the main reason why we've decided to go," he said.

Flintoff retired from Test cricket after England's Ashes win in August but is keen on representing his country in the one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

The Lancashire star will work with former England physio Dave Roberts, one of his friends, and surgeon Andy Williams will be kept informed of his recovery.

"Three years ago when I was recovering from my ankle, we all went to Florida as a family, and it worked well and I see this being similar," said Flintoff.

"I can't drive for at least six weeks, so it will be difficult doing my rehabilitation without relying on someone to drive if I stayed in England.


"Where we are staying in Dubai, all I have to do is press the right button in the lift to get from our apartment to the gym and everything I need is on the doorstep.

"It is also a chance to get away from things as a family and enjoy a bit of a break. It has been a hard summer and I think we will all benefit from a few weeks in the sun."

The Preston-born cricketer signed off his Test career in August by helping England reclaim the Ashes after a 197-run victory at The Oval, which clinched the series 2-1.

Despite his desire to continue playing the shorter-form of cricket, Flintoff admitted in August he feared he would not play again.

Although the all-rounder is suffering deep vein thrombosis (DVT) as a result of microfracture surgery, he has been given the all-clear to fly to the United Arab Emirates.

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"I had a stiff calf and it got progressively worse," stated Flintoff, who will be on crutches for at least one more month.

"When I came out of the operation I was actually quite surprised how good my knee was. My calf was stiff but it got progressively worse and about a week after the operation it got really sore."

Roberts, who has helped Flintoff recover from four ankle operations and knee surgery earlier this year, said: "So far, the specialist and I are happy with him and we are confident the DVT problem is being treated and we can look forward now.

"It will be a long, hard road for him, but we have been through this before and we wouldn't be doing it if we didn't think we could get where we want to be."

Flintoff, who hopes to be back in action in March for England's tour in Bangladesh, said last month: "My Test career ended with a high by England winning the Ashes and I'd like to finish my one-day career by winning the World Cup in 2011."

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see also
Surgery complication for Flintoff
06 Sep 09 |  England
Flintoff admits fears over career
30 Aug 09 |  Cricket
Flintoff undergoes knee surgery
25 Aug 09 |  England
Flintoff surgery brought forward
24 Aug 09 |  England
Victorious England regain Ashes
23 Aug 09 |  England
Flintoff's Test career in pictures
28 Sep 09 |  England
Flintoff quits Tests after Ashes
15 Jul 09 |  Cricket

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