Onions ‘shattered’ at Ashes KO

England bowler Graham Onions will miss the Ashes Series out in Australia (England 9/4 to win) after it emerged he will need a back operation in a bid to sort out a long-term injury problem.

The ECB say they expect Onions, who would have been in contention for the Ashes if fit, to be out for around nine months following his op on Monday.

ECB chief medical officer Dr Nick Peirce said: “We have thoroughly exhausted all avenues of conservative treatment and rehabilitation with surgery very much seen as a last resort.

“Unfortunately Graham has not responded to these forms of treatment and as a result we have no option left but to undertake a course of treatment involving surgery.

“The surgery Graham faces is a relatively significant operation and his rehabilitation will see him ruled out of all cricket for approximately up to nine months. His rehabilitation will be overseen and carried out by the ECB medical team in conjunction with the medical staff at Durham.”

The news comes as a huge blow to the bowler and he admitted to being “shattered” by the realisation he would be forced to watch the Ashes action from the sidelines instead of being involved with his England mates (Australia 4/6 favourites to win on home soil).

Onions said: “Obviously I’m shattered to have been ruled out of the Ashes with the prospect of a lengthy recovery period. After experiencing the euphoria of being part of an Ashes-winning England team last year I was determined to get myself fit for selection ahead of this winter’s tour of Australia.

“Unfortunately that’s not to be and even though we have tried every possible form of treatment, surgery is the only option left.

“While I’m devastated to be facing such a long lay off from cricket I’m determined to overcome this setback and make sure I get back bowling again next year and work my way back into England calculations.”

The Ashes begin at the end of November.

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