England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has become a "virtual pin cushion" in a desperate bid to remain fit for the last two Ashes Tests even as coach Andy Flower conceded that the injury-ravaged talisman's chances of playing were bleak.
Flintoff has taken six injections in the last 18 days to prevent his recurring knee injury from spoiling his dream run at the Ashes, at the end of which the 31-year-old would bid adieu to Test cricket.
According to a report in the 'Daily Mirror', "Flintoff is still bullish about his chances of playing in Friday's fourth Test at Headingley, despite running repairs to his right knee which have turned him into a virtual pin cushion."
Flintoff's fitness has become a major concern for England, which has a 1-0 edge in the series thanks largely to the all-rounder's heroic performances.
Flintoff had to take five injections during his man of the match winning show in the Lord's Test and he took the sixth jab on Tuesday night.
Flower, meanwhile, admitted that Flintoff did not look completely fit during the drawn Edgbaston match and is a doubtful starter for the fourth match.