Ashes

Flower goes under the knife

2010-11-26 11:43
Andy Flower
London - England coach Andy Flower missed the second day of the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane to have a melanoma surgically removed from his right cheek, reports the BBC.

However, the 42-year-old is expected to return to the Gabba before the end of the first game in the five-Test series.

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson said: "At this stage, he is expected to be fine.

"He may be back [on Friday], or most definitely the following day. As far as he's concerned it's business as usual."

The problem only came to light during the past week and after medical consultation it was decided that minor surgery was the best course of action.

"He went off for a routine check, and they said they felt it prudent to take it out," added the spokesman.

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