England bowler Mark Wood undergoes surgery on ankle

Mark Wood celebrates dismissing Michael Clarke on day two of the Fourth Test of The Ashes on August 7, 2015
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England pace bowler Mark Wood targets a return to competitive cricket in the summer after undergoing a second ankle operation.

Mark Wood has undergone a second operation on his troublesome ankle and will miss a significant portion of the cricket season.

The England pace bowler, who went under the knife for the first time five months ago, was forced to leave his country's tour of the United Arab Emirates because of the long-standing problem in December.

Wood is hopeful of returning to action "later this summer", but will likely be ruled out of facing Sri Lanka in May and June.

"Following successful surgery to the front of his left ankle in November, a further procedure was undertaken yesterday to address ongoing issues at the back of the ankle," a statement from the England & Wales Cricket Board read.

"Wood will now undertake a period of rehabilitation and begin a back-to-bowling programme before returning to competitive cricket later this summer."

Wood helped England to regain The Ashes on home soil in his maiden international summer last year.

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