Morgan set for injury assessment

England face an worried wait over the fitness of Eoin Morgan in the next 24 hours when he is due to assemble a specialist to assess his fractured finger. Morgan’s hopes of flying out with the team to the World Cup on Saturday hinge on how long the tests will suggest he will be sidelined for. The 24-year-old is expected to be missing for at least the first couple of weeks of the tournament after skipper Andrew Strauss revealed Morgan has suffered a "substantial break" to the center finger of his left hand. Strauss, however, hinted England would be willing to take Morgan, who has become an main member of the middle order, to the World Cup even if he is only available for the last stages of the six-week tournament.

Eoin Morgan

That would represent a risky strategy with a fitness cloud over six of the World Cup squad, including Tim Bresnan who is not expected to have recovered from a calf complaint in time for the opening match against Holland on February 22.Strauss and team director Andy Flower are due to meet with the England selectors upon their arrival back in the country on Wednesday to discuss the option of calling replacements into their 15-man World Cup squad. The results of Morgan's tests will be known by then after he left the tour of Australia a day early on Saturday to be assessed in England when it will be determined if he is too big a risk to take to the sub-continent.

"He's got a broken finger; he's going to see a expert to decide what the best course of action is to preparation that situation," Strauss said."There's obviously a chance that he's not going to feature (at the World Cup)."We're going to have to think through at what stage is the cut-off point the guy needs to be replaced."We're pretty confident the other guys are going to be fit, but Eoin Morgan we are not sure of at this stage."Speaking after England suffered a 57-run defeat to end their tour of Australia with a 6-1 one-day international series defeat in Perth, Strauss admitted losing Morgan would be a important blow to his side's World Cup hopes.


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