Mitchell Johnson is expected to be out of cricket for up to five months if he has to have foot surgery this week, Cricket Australia said today.
“The specialist advice is that he will require surgery to repair damaged soft tissue structures around his left big toe,” CA said in a statement.
“He will travel to Melbourne today to be further assessed by a surgical team and CA doctor Trefor James.
“If they confirm that surgery is required he will be operated on in the next 24 hours.”
Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said if Johnson has surgery it is expected to keep him out of cricket for up to five months.
“Mitchell will travel to Melbourne this week to be reviewed by specialist doctors and will most likely need surgery, which is expected to keep him out of cricket for four to five months,” Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.
“The program for his recovery will be assessed following any surgery.”
Johnson returned from South Africa last week with an injury to the big toe on his left foot and was subsequently ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand, which starts on Thursday at the Gabba.