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Higgins went under the knife after an injection last week failed to deal with a problem in the joint.
The 28-year-old went under the knife after snapping his left knee against Falkirk last month.
The 30-year-old all-rounder, who went under the knife in October and has been recovering in America, will not be considered for England's trip to New Zealand but could feature as a batsman in the Lions team which will compete in The Duleep Trophy.
The former Sunderland player went under the knife on on Monday, and he is now unlikely to be back in action until the start of April.
The Welsh rider went under the knife in May in a bid to solve a persistent problem which had kept her out of action since October last year.