Jason Roy has been ruled out of England’s World Cup matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka with a tear in his left hamstring but captain Eoin Morgan’s back injury will continue to be assessed.
The pair both limped from the field during England’s comfortable victory over the West Indies in Southampton, with scans taking place over the weekend.
The England and Wales cricket Board confirmed Roy would play no part in this week’s double-header, though the lack of a clear rehabilitation period will lead to fears that his absence could be longer.
Morgan, who suffered a painful back spasm at the Hampshire Bowl, has responded to treatment and received a more optimistic prognosis.
The captain could still feature against Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday but given his importance as a batsman and leader, it is unlikely any gamble would be taken with his long-term fitness.
An ECB spokesman said: “An MRI confirmed that Jason Roy has suffered a hamstring tear. As a result of the injury, he will be reassessed on an ongoing basis this week. He is set to miss England’s next two matches.
“England captain Eoin Morgan underwent a scan this weekend and further treatment. The spasm has settled down and will be monitored over the next 24 hours ahead of England’s next match against Afghanistan.”
Roy’s absence means a likely recall for Hampshire’s James Vince, the spare batsman in the 15-man squad, while all-rounder Moeen Ali is also standing by to bolster the top seven.
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India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar could miss as many as three matches in the 2019 ICC World Cup after sustaining a hamstring injury in the win over arch-rivals Pakistan.
Bhuvneshwar picked up the injury while bowling the fourth delivery of just his third over at Manchester on Sunday and played no further part in the remainder of the game subsequently.
Post India’s 89-run win at Old Trafford, skipper Virat Kohli confirmed that the seamer will miss the side’s next two to three games.
“He has a slight niggle,” Kohli told Star Sports after India’s win.
“It was because of slipping on the foot marks. It doesn’t look too serious at the moment. We are going to give it some time.
“Hopefully he will be ready in a couple of games, if not max by three games from now.”
Bhuvneshwar will definitely miss India’s upcoming clashes against Afghanistan and West Indies and is now facing a race to be fit in time for the crunch match against hosts England on June 30.
His injury follows that of opener Shikhar Dhawan who fractured his left thumb during India’s win over Australia. The left-hander faces up to three weeks on the sidelines but India have opted against picking a replacement for him at this stage.
With Bhuvneshwar injured, Kohli has backed Mohammed Shami to do the job in the pace department for the upcoming clashes.
“He (Bhuvneshwar) himself feels that the niggle is not too bad. Just time will heal it. He is going to be a very important factor for us so he hopefully he can recover well in time.
“We have got Shami ready and raring to go so we are not too worried about where the situation stands.”
India’s win over Pakistan means Kohli’s men have now picked up seven points in four games. They next face Afghanistan at Southampton on June 22.
Darren Bravo was recalled as West Indies made one change for their World Cup clash with Bangladesh at Taunton.
Bravo replaced Carlos Brathwaite while Bangladesh also made one change as Liton Das came in and Mohammad Mithun dropped out.
Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl in overcast conditions.
Both sides knew victory would take them up to fifth in the table.
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