Lasith Malinga could return from ankle surgery for World Cup

Lasith Malinga
Malinga has taken 271 wickets in 177 ODIs for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga could return from injury for the latter stages of the one-day international series against New Zealand.

The 31-year-old had surgery on his left ankleexternal-link in September, missing his nation's 5-2 series win over England.

"He will return for the last two ODIs [on 25 & 29 January] in New Zealand," said Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu.

The 2011 World Cup runners-up begin the 2015 tournament against co-hosts New Zealand in Christchurch on 14 February.