Pakistan in England, 2006 September 3, 2006

Gough out of one-day series

Cricinfo staff



Darren Gough has been forced out of England's one-day squad with a shin injury © Getty Images
Darren Gough has been ruled out of the remainder of the Natwest Series due to an injured left shin. Graham Onions, the Durham pace bowler, who is in England's Champions Trophy 30 has been called up as a replacement and will join the squad on Monday.

After playing in the Twenty20 against Pakistan as well as the opening two matches of the NatWest Series, Gough will miss the last three matches after an MRI scan revealed a bone stress reaction in his left shin.

"Darren has been released following pain in the outer aspect of his left leg," Dr Peter Gregory, the ECB Chief Medical Officer, said. "Prior to the Twenty20 he had rested for two weeks to settle mild bone bruising of the left shin. The pain from this had settled when he joined the England squad but has returned over the course of the past three matches.

"An MRI scan today showed a marked bone stress reaction in his fibula and Darren has been advised to rest from bowling for six weeks. He will return to Essex to receive ongoing assessment and rehabilitation."

Gough added: "I'm obviously extremely disappointed that this injury has ruled me out of the England side, I was looking forward to a strong NatWest Series which could have helped my chances for the upcoming winter tours.

"I've had a niggle for about a month which seemed to clear up with a couple of weeks rest before the NatWest Series but unfortunately it has returned to the point where I can't go any further at the moment."

Gough failed to take a wicket during his brief return to the national team, suggesting he has lost penetration with the new ball. However, the bowler himself said: "I was pleased with the way I bowled without much luck during the first few matches so it's disappointing I won't be able to play any further part in this series."

England were already due to name a replacement pace bowler in their squad after Steve Harmison was ruled out with a back problem before the opening match. England are 1-0 down in the five-match series following Sunday's seven-wicket defeat at Lord's.

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