I'm sure I'm not the only one who greeted this news with a quiet shrug of resignation, rather than a hysterical 'sky is falling' rant.
Maybe it's time for everyone to start planning for an Ashes series without Flintoff, so that any appearances he actually puts in come as a wonderful surprise!
I still think our best two chances of success are -
1) KP does something awesome, along the lines of 700 runs in the series
2) Pitches are produced designed to last four days, before wearing.