West Indies in England, 2007 May 31, 2007

Hoggard in doubt for Old Trafford Test

Cricinfo staff

Matthew Hoggard: on the sidelines again © Getty Images
Matthew Hoggard looks set to miss the third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford, starting on June 7, after aggravating his groin injury in the nets ahead of Yorkshire's one-day fixture against Derbyshire at Headingley.

Hoggard, who withdrew from England's attack after bowling just 10.1 overs in the first Test at Lord's, had been optimistic about his rehabilitation. He was hoping to play for his club side Baildon on Saturday, as well as today's match, but with a long international season ahead of England, he will not now be risked.

"It's extremely disappointing for Matthew, but it's one of those type of injuries that if you rush back before you're ready it can turn into a serious problem," said England's chairman of selectors, David Graveney. "Caution is a by-word for us and hopefully the extra time will help him recover and be back playing cricket sooner rather than later."

The news is a further setback for England's new coach Peter Moores, who had hinted in the aftermath of the Headingley Test that Hoggard's injury was more serious than the medical team had first believed.

With Andrew Flintoff set to miss the rest of the West Indies series due to further surgery on his injured left ankle, England's pace attack is down to the bare bones, with the onus yet again on Steve Harmison to locate his best form.

In Hoggard's absence, Ryan Sidebottom, the left-arm seamer who took eight wickets in the Headingley win, is almost certain to retain his place in the side.