DateLine: 7th June 2009
Former England captain and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is on track to be fit for the most talked Ashes series, according to Lancashire coach Peter Moores.
Flintoff underwent surgery for a knee injury which he sustained playing in the Indian Premier League in April. This injury ruled him out of the one-day series against West Indies and the Twenty20 World Cup.
Freddie has been out warming the benches for most part of the last couple of years either being out injured or recovering from an injury. His participation against Australia has also been in doubt, but Moores is upbeat about his recent progress.
"He's coming out of it really well," the former England coach told Sky Sports News.
"He can bat and he can start doing some more running and physical work. Certainly watching him play in the nets he looks in good nick with the bat already, which is great for him.
"Fred's got to focus. He's got the Ashes - that's the timeframe he's working towards. I think he's pretty confident at the moment that things are going well so I think we'll take it day by day."
Moores though was reluctant to specify a date of the all-rounderís return.
"You don't want to put a date on it because in some ways you put the player under pressure. What I do know is that Fred's totally committed to it.
"He's working his socks off. He's in the gym at seven in the morning and still doing his stuff at three in the afternoon, so you can't do much more than he's doing at the moment.
"All we've got to do is hope it gets strong. Fred wants to get out there - he doesn't want to get injured again and wants to be fit for the rest of the summer and play a full and active part in this Ashes series."