Stuart Broad's injury history

We look back at some of the injuries which have blighted England all-rounder Stuart Broad's career

Last Updated: 11/12/12 3:57pm

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The comparisons between Stuart Broad and Andrew Flintoff have eased in recent years. However they are beginning to resurface again, albeit for the wrong reasons.

Both England all-rounders have been blighted with injuries throughout their respective careers, once more highlighting the strain on the modern cricketer.

Broad, still just 26-years-old, has endured his fair share of setbacks in recent years and faces a race against time to be fit for England's upcoming Twenty20 series in India.

We look back at some of Broad's most notable injuries...

September 2009 - Knee

Broad, an established member of all of England's international teams at this stage of his career, was ruled out of the final two one-day internationals against Australia due to a knee injury. This was to be the start of a frustrating spell for the Nottinghamshire all-rounder.

October 2009 - Buttock

Broad suffered an untimely and painful injury on the eve of England's 2009 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final with Australia. With Kevin Pietersen and Flintoff already absent from the squad, Broad, who was one of England's stand-out performers en route to the last four, joined the casualty list after suffering a torn buttock muscle. England were to lose the semi-final at Centurion by nine wickets. A total pain in the backside for all concerned.

November/December 2009 - Shoulder

Broad missed the start of England's tour of South Africa in 2009-10 after jarring his shoulder during the opening tour game against the Diamond Eagles in Bloemfontein. Thankfully the injury was not too serious and, after missing two Twenty20 internationals and two ODIs, he returned in time for the drawn Test series with the Proteas.

March 2010 - Back

Broad's injury troubles continued on the tour of Bangladesh at the start of 2010 when a back spasm restricted him to just six overs in the second ODI at Dhaka. He sat out the third and final one-dayer and, although he returned for the two-Test series, he was largely disappointing as England swept their way to a 2-0 win.

Ashes 2010-11 - Stomach

The most untimely injury of Broad's career to-date came midway through England's famous Ashes win Down Under in 2010/11. After falling for a golden duck in the opening Test at the Gabba - becoming the final wickets in a Peter Siddle hat-trick, no less - Broad then tore a stomach muscle during England's emphatic innings victory at the Adelaide Oval. The injury proved a serious one, ruling him out of the entire Test series, as well as the ensuing ODI series, which England lost 6-1. Watching, rather than taking part, in England's famous 3-1 Ashes win must have been hard to stomach...

March 2011 - Side-strain

If missing out on England's historic Ashes triumph wasn't bad enough, Broad was to go on and suffer World Cup disappointment later that year when a side-strain cut his campaign short. The Notts star suffered the injury during England's incredible six-run triumph over South Africa, where he took 4-15 to help skittle the Proteas for just 165 when chasing down 171. England's World Cup was brought to an abrupt end in the quarter-final stage by co-hosts Sri Lanka. The injury also prevented Broad from making his Indian Premier League debut with Kings XI Punjab.

September 2011 - Shoulder

Broad suffered his third serious injury of 2011 when a torn shoulder muscle kept him on the sidelines for three months. He sustained the injury during the Lord's ODI against India and, as well as ruling him out of two T20s against West Indies, Broad was forced to sit out the one-day and T20 series in India. Despite fantastic on-field results for England, 2011 was a year to forget for Broad.

February 2012 - Calf

Another tour, another early flight home for Broad. A calf injury was to cut his trip to Sri Lanka short in February 2012, forcing him to miss another England victory, this time in Colombo. For the second year running Broad was forced to give up a lucrative IPL contract as a result of an injury. He returned to action in time for the English summer.

December 2012 - Heel

The latest injury in what is becoming an increasingly lengthy list is threatening to rule Broad out of the one-day leg of England's ongoing tour of India. The seam bowler hurt his heel in the lead up to the four-Test series, perhaps contributing to a loss of form, and re-aggravated the injury when attempting to win back his place for the fourth and final Test at Nagpur. Broad is due to captain the Twenty20 side in two matches against India on December 20 and 22.

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