DateLine: 13th October 2009
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff said he is more plagued by frustration than physical pain as he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery.
The 31-year-old has been out of action since England's Ashes win in the summer but is bidding to come back to fitness to contest the shorter forms of the game following his retirement from Test cricket.
"The frustrating thing is that I don't even feel injured," Flintoff told The Guardian. "I'm not in pain but the surgeon warned me it's going to be a test of patience - and patience is not something I've got in abundance.
"The rehab is very slow. I'm on the crutches until November and once the knee is scanned, we'll see if it's beginning to work.
"It helps that the surgeon says the chances of me coming back are high."
Flintoff revealed both ECB and his county side, Lancashire, would be involved in his rehabilitation. The tall all-rounder also added that he would consider playing four-day matches at county level on his return.
"The ECB will monitor it, and I will report to them, to the doctors. But I'm also contracted to Lancashire and I've worked with their physio, Dave Roberts, for years," he said. "Dave and Lancashire will also look after me.
"I've got another year to run on my contract with Lancashire and Chubby [Flintoff's agent, Andrew Chandler] has been in for a chat. There're no dramas - it's just finding out what the club expects from me and what I'd like from them.
"There's obviously the one-day stuff and I've mentioned playing a few four-day games."
While admitting his involvement in the longer form of the game may not be fully behind him, Flintoff concedes his first responsibility will be to one-day matches.
"I'll play the odd one [four-day match]. If [Lancashire] is struggling with injury or they want me, I'd like to do that," he said.
"But I want to play for England and I won't jeopardise that.
"I've got lots of ambition left with England. I want to win a World Cup. I want to win Twenty20 tournaments."