"Though it's not good news when you have an arthritic hip," he said, "I understand a number of sprinters have had the same operation, and Angus Fraser had his hip joint scraped and has been able to bowl again.
"It's very frustrating because I had made probably my best start to a season with a century against Sussex and five wickets against Northants - but the hip has just got worse."
The influential all-rounder admitted: "We had hoped that an injection might work and that I might be able to put the operation off until the end of the season.
"But I had a run round and it was no better, so I've got to have the joint scraped and that means two to three months out."Reuse content