Surrey captain Graeme Smith will return to South Africa to undergo surgery on an ankle injury.
Despite issues with his ankle caused by a hard winter’s cricket for the Proteas, Graeme was determined to start his Surrey career and has already made a big impact at the club.
However, after scans this afternoon it has been determined that surgery is required and he will miss a few months of the English County season for Surrey.
Speaking this evening, Graeme Smith said: “To have to head home now, so early in my time at Surrey is very frustrating but I leave the team in a good place and hope to be back with them as soon as possible.”
Surrey Team Director Chris Adams said: “Graeme has made an impressive start as a leader and the squad have really responded to his leadership.
“It’s clearly disappointing for all, especially Graeme, but we wish him a speedy recovery.”