Bresnan booked in for more surgery

07 February 2013 09:22:17 EST

Yorkshire star Tim Bresnan will travel to the USA for a second operation on his troublesome elbow, which ruled him out of England's tour to New Zealand.

Bresnan first had surgery on the problem in late 2011 but has struggled to regain his best form since, failing to take a wicket in two Tests in India, following a disappointing series against South Africa.

Hopefully we will see a bit of him early in the season. That will be a bonus.

Andrew Gale

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale confirmed: "He's going out to America in the next week or so, and he'll be there for a week or two to have an operation and then some rehab on his elbow.

"He might then come to Barbados on pre-season or he might not. But he's certainly going to have to prove his fitness if he's going to get back in the England side for that first Test match (against New Zealand), which is in the first or second week of May.

"Hopefully we will see a bit of him early in the season. That will be a bonus."

Bresnan was left out of the England squads for the current tour of New Zealand, leaving Chris Woakes to challenge for his position, although Stuart Broad and Graham Onions are also currently key parts of the international set-up.

Bresnan took 4-45 in the final one-day international against India but may be sidelined until the Champions Trophy when England will be keen to use him at number seven in their batting line-up.

England are 8/11 to win the opening T20 international against New Zealand on Saturday, with the Black Caps 11/10, while the tourists are 1/5 to secure a series victory.

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