England seam bowler Tim Bresnan has undergone elbow surgery but is expected to be fit for the Test series against Pakistan in the new year.
Yorkshire's Bresnan was sent for an operation to remove a bone fragment after feeling discomfort during England's one-day series with India.
England will face Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates because of
ongoing security concerns in Pakistan
The England and Wales Cricket Board will name the squad next week.
England will play three Test matches, starting on 17 and 25 January and 3 February respectively.
TIM BRESNAN'S ENGLAND CAREER TO DATE
- 10 Test matches
- 57 one-day internationals
- 20 Twenty20 internationals
They then face four one-day internationals from 13-21 February and three Twenty20 internationals from 23-27 February.
An ECB statement read: "The Yorkshire and England pace bowler Tim Bresnan underwent an operation to remove a bone fragment from the back of his elbow.
"His symptoms started during the England one-day squad's recent tour of India and have failed to settle with rest.
"The ECB medical staff will oversee his rehabilitation programme in conjunction with Yorkshire and he is expected to make a full recovery in time for England's Test series against Pakistan in the UAE which starts in January."