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Surrey suffer Mark Ramprakash injury blow

Mark Ramprakash
Ramprakash has made 34,839 first class runs during his career

Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash will miss the start of the domestic season after damaging a cruciate ligament in a charity football match.

The 41-year-old will undergo an operation on Tuesday but faces a long spell on the sidelines.

The period of rehabilitation rules him out of Surrey's pre-season programme and the start of the 2011 campaign.

"The injury is quite serious. I've been to see a specialist and I need an operation, "said Ramprakash.

"I was playing in a game of football on Saturday," he told the club website. "And, quite early in the game, I managed to get tangled up with another player.

"It was a bit freakish really. There was no malice involved - and I managed to twist my knee quite badly. It's a typical footballer's injury."

The news will come as a blow to a Surrey side looking to improve on a disappointing 2010 season which saw them win just four times to finish seventh in Division Two of the County Championship.

In contrast to his county's struggles, Ramprakash was the division's top run-scorer, making 1,595 at an average of 61.34.

Despite the lengthy rehabilitation process that now awaits him the former England Test player remains upbeat.

"The specialist was saying that my knee is in excellent condition considering I'm a professional sportsman and have been for a long time," he said. "So hopefully that will help."

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