London - England seamer Mark Wood has undergone a second operation in five months on his troublesome left ankle, it was announced Friday, but officials hope he will be able to return to action later in the English season.
"Durham and England pace bowler Mark Wood has undergone surgery on his left ankle," said a statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
"Following successful surgery to the front of his left ankle in November, a further procedure was undertaken yesterday to address ongoing issues at the back of the ankle.
"Wood will now undertake a period of rehabilitation and begin a back-to-bowling programme before returning to competitive cricket later this summer."
The 26-year-old Wood had to leave England's tour of the United Arab Emirates before Christmas, because of the same ankle problem.
His operation means he is now set to miss England's home series with Sri Lanka in May and June.
But he could be available when Pakistan arrive in the second half of the English season.
Wood had to scrap an intended comeback with Durham's 2nd XI after feeling pain again in his ankle.
The Durham paceman made his international debut last year when he helped England regain the Ashes on home soil and has so far played eight Tests and eight limited overs matches for his country.