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Will Gidman hoping ankle surgery will see him back to top form in 2014

Will Gidman: Ankle surgery should see all-rounder back to full fitness

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Will Gidman hopes to be able to contribute in all forms of cricket for Gloucestershire next year after having ankle surgery.

Gidman took 55 first-class wickets last season but pain in his ankle meant the all-rounder didn't play in many limited overs games and struggled to find his best form on a consistent basis.

The operation was only minor but it found the root of the problems he suffered last summer and Gidman hopes to be able to kick-on again in 2014.

He told Gloucestershire's official website: "It was a minor operation, so I was only in hospital for one night. I was expecting it to be keyhole surgery, but they found quite a lot of scar tissue, which turned out to be what had been causing the vast majority of the pain.

"That meant some open surgery and there was a bone spur which needed shaving off as well, but all went well and hopefully the problems are now behind me.

"I was on crutches for a few days to keep weight off the ankle, but after about ten days I was walking pretty comfortably and, apart from a bit of stiffness, there has been no reaction since.

"I won't really find out whether the surgery has been a true success until I start bowling, which probably won't be until after Christmas. But the signs are good.

"For the moment, while the other lads are already back batting and bowling, I am in the early stages of my rehab and making sure I take things a step at a time.

"Form permitting, I hope to play in all forms of cricket next summer.

"John (Bracewell) was gracious enough to say that the fitness was the main reason I didn't appear in more one-day matches this season, but I am tough on myself and know my performances at the start were not good enough

"I am very excited about the 50-over competition, which should suit me as a format, and I will certainly be doing all I can to be involved."