Middlesex seamer Steven Finn says his recovery from a knee injury suffered complications because of a benign tumour. England bowler Finn picked up a knee cartilage injury before the 2017-18 Ashes tour and it was later discovered he had an osteochondroma – a growth of cartilage and bone, which was removed during surgery on the initial injury.
The 29-year-old, who has taken 125 wickets in 36 Tests, will not compete in Middlesex’s two final County Championship games of the season in order to rehabilitate his left knee.
It has been a frustrating time for Finn but he knows the decision to remove the tumour will be of huge benefit for the future.
Speaking on BBC Radio London, he said: “I did rehab all winter and it just hasn’t been right. I sort of went over to pick a ball up out of the side-netting and collapsed in a heap there, and came home and had to have cartilage removed from my knee.
“I also had an osteochondroma removed, which is basically a benign tumour on the inside of my knee. I had to have that removed in the same operation so it caused a few complications.
“It wasn’t related but it was just something that could have got nasty later in life.”