England Skipper Eion Morgan faces a major blow ahead of the World Cup
SOUTHAMPTON - England have suffered a major scare ahead of the World Cup after Eoin Morgan, their captain, sustained a finger injury during the team’s practice in Southampton.
The tournament hosts face a nervous wait on the results of an x-ray Morgan underwent on Friday after he took a blow on his left index finger while practising slip catching from a bowling machine at the Ageas Bowl.
England have described the scan as “precautionary” and are privately confident that Morgan has not sustained serious injury. The fact he was not immediately rushed to hospital and was seen in the team canteen looking upbeat suggests there is no major issue. However, nothing will be known for certain until England get the results of the x-ray back from medics.
Even in a best-case scenario, it seems unlikely Morgan would be risked in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against Australia in Southampton.. If that was the case he would, presumably, be fit for England’s opening match of the tournament against South Africa at The Oval next Thursday. The worry is, though, that a fracture – which would take around four weeks to heal – would probably rule the 32-year-old out of the entire group stage of the World Cup.