Flintoff ruled out for season through injury

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England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff latest comeback has been spoiled after he sustained yet another injury.

32-year-old Flintoff was ruled out of action for the rest of the season just days before he was due to return from a year on the sidelines,

Flintoff has not played for 12 months following two knee operations and after withdrawing from a limited-overs game for Lancashire's second XI on Monday his county issued a statement on Tuesday saying that after consultation with the player, his surgeon and the county's medical team, he would not play this season.

"Whist Andrew has made significant progress, the combined opinion is that he is not quite ready for a return to cricket," Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson told the county's website.

"He will continue his rehabilitation into the winter months and we will constantly monitor and review his progress so that he is better equipped for a return to action."

Flintoff, who has retired from test cricket, had been hoping to feature in Twenty20 action in India, Australia and New Zealand during the southern hemisphere summer but his prospects look slim after the latest in a long line of injury problems.