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September 6, 2011
Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series against India due to the recurrence of a shoulder injury he first suffered on the Ashes tour after he felt "acute" pain during the Twenty20 international at Old Trafford last week.
Due to the first one-day international at Chester-le-Street being abandoned seven overs into England's innings Morgan hasn't batted again since the Twenty20 although did spend fifty overs in the field in Durham. As yet there is no time frame or clear outline for Morgan's treatment and that will be determined after he is assessed next week.
However, it would appear unlikely that he will be available for the two Twenty20 internationals against West Indies, at The Oval, later this month and, depending on the seriousness of the problem, may be a doubt for the one-day tour of India in October.
"We really don't know. We hope he will be," Alastair Cook, England's ODI captain, said when asked about availability for India. "At the moment we don't know. It's been ongoing for a while, and he woke up [in Southampton] and knew he just couldn't play because it was too sore. So he's off to see a specialist at some stage over the next few days, and then we'll know far more."
England chief medical officer, Dr Nick Peirce, said: "Eoin initially developed discomfort in his right shoulder during the Ashes tour in the winter and has been managing the injury until now with a conservative program. Unfortunately there has been an acute flare in his pain which has not responded to treatment.
"This is a chronic injury and predominantly affects Eoin's diving and throwing," he added. "He now requires a progression in his treatment and will undertake further specialist assessment in the next week before a decision on his forthcoming treatment will be determined."
Earlier this year Morgan suffered a finger injury during the one-day series in Australia but continued to play on after suffering the blow and by the time he was sent home two days before the end of the tour the damage was serious enough to stop him heading to the World Cup. However, he did eventually join the tournament after Kevin Pietersen suffered his hernia.
Late last month Morgan made his international captaincy debut when he led England against Ireland in Dublin and has also begun to settle himself in the middle-order of the Test side. England aren't going to name a replacement player for the current series with means a chance for Ravi Bopara in the middle order.
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