England bowler Stuart Broad is confident he will be fit to play in this summer’s Test series with Sri Lanka and India.
The paceman is suffering from tendinitis in his knee and as a result has been rested for the one-off Twenty20 and five-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka.
The lay-off has raised fresh concerns about a player who has often struggled with injuries and although Broad does admit the issue is unlikely to disappear, he insists he will be able to play through it.
“I’ll be fine. With a tendinitis problem, once the adrenalin is going you can bowl through it really,” the 27-year-old told Sky Sports News.
“I’m using this six-week period to get a bit stronger in my legs and take a bit of the load off. Once I get back playing, I’m pretty sure I’ll be fine.
“I will just have to be careful not dive too heavily on it in the outfield, that seems to flare it up quite badly. But once you get the bat and ball in your hand and get out in the middle, I’m pretty confident it won’t be too sore to play.”
Although he will be away from international cricket until the opening Test of the summer on June 12, Broad does plan to play in two County Championship matches for Nottinghamshire before that date.
He added: “I’m playing for Notts in the Championship game against Durham in about 10 days’ time, then down at Hove. (I’m) trying obviously to get fit for the Test matches against Sri Lanka and India.
“I’ve played a lot of one-day cricket throughout the winter, so it was a good idea to get a slightly longer break now leading into a busy summer and a busy winter, when we’ve obviously got the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand and Australia in February.”
Broad and the rest of the England set-up endured a miserable winter as they surrendered the Ashes in a 5-0 whitewash before winning just one match at the ICC World Twenty20.
The team head into the summer season under a new coach – Peter Moores – and Broad believes the future is bright with the former Lancashire man and captain Alastair Cook at the helm.
“It was a tricky winter, a very difficult winter in losing the Ashes after such success in the previous summer,” Broad said.
“Mooresy brings a lot of passion for English cricket – he’s a fantastic coach to work with. It really is the dawn of a new era. I’m excited working with him and Cooky and I really think we can push this side forward.
“There will be obviously be some new guys coming in, there are some great opportunities there for players to stake a claim for a Test and ODI spot. With opportunity comes a lot of hunger.”