Cricket World Cup 2019: England hit by spate of injuries

England is grappling with a series of injury concerns in the lead up to next month's ICC Cricket World Cup at home.

Eoin Morgan is suffering from sore shins while Jason Roy and Joe Denly have back spasms.   -  afp

England has been hit by a spate of injury woes in the lead up to next month's ICC Cricket World Cup in England.

The latest addition to the list has been Sam Billings, whose hopes of a late World Cup call-up to the England squad appear to have been ended by a dislocated left shoulder. The Kent star hurt himself against Glamorgan last week.

Skipper Eoin Morgan, opener Jason Roy and leg-spinner Joe Denly are the other England stars with injury concerns. Morgan is suffering from sore shins while Roy and Denly have back spasms.

And with batsman Alex Hales he is serving a 21-day suspension for an 'off-field' incident reported to involve recreational drug use — being dropped from the World Cup squad, the host side's preparations for the marquee event seem to have taken a hit. Last year, Hales was even suspended and fined by the ECB following his involvement with Ben Stokes in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub during September 2017.

ENGLAND WORLD CUP SQUAD

Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Curran, Jos Buttler, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jason Roy

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