The No.1 ranked ODI side, England, faced a huge blow on Monday as in-form opener Jason Roy has been ruled out of the team’s next two matches in ICC World Cup 2019 after a hamstring tear was confirmed.
He will be missing England’s matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka while his fitness will be assessed in the team’s build-up to the Australia game at the Lord’s next week.
He had incurred the injury during England’s previous game, against West Indies on Friday at the Hampshire Bowl.
Meanwhile, Roy might be joined by Eoin Morgan on the sidelines after the skipper too had walked off the field with a back spasm on Friday.
Although the pain has reduced, ECB management will monitor his condition over the next 24 hours before declaring him fit for the Afghanistan tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Roy’s injury came while he was running after the ball in the covers during West Indies’ innings.
He had undergone an MRI scan on Saturday where it was confirmed that he had suffered a hamstring tear.
This is the second time Roy has suffered an injury in the ongoing season.
After earning the Player of the Series trophy against Pakistan, Roy scored a sensational 153 off 121 balls against Bangladesh last week.
While Roy’s absence will be filled by James Vince, Joss Buttler will take up the captaincy role if Morgan is declared unfit.