Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series against Australia with a torn calf muscle as England went 3-0 down in Sydney but is expected to be fit for next month's World Cup.
Bresnan picked up the injury during the second ODI at Hobart and required a runner when he batted. Subsequent scans have revealed the extent of the problem and he'll return to the UK for treatment. Steven Finn is being retained in the squad for the rest of the tour before heading to the Lions tour in the West Indies.
It is another blow for England, who already have a depleted bowling attack due to the absence of Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann. Kevin Pietersen also missed the Sydney match with a groin strain as the schedule began to take its toll but Andrew Strauss refused to make excuses after the team's four-wicket defeat.
"That is how injuries occur and that is why with the schedules we have the rotation policy is in place," he said. "You've got to manage these situations. You can't just throw your hands up and say 'we can't compete'. You just have to find a way to complete and the guys that have come in have an opportunity to make a name for themselves. They need to grab that with both hands."
England have just three days at home before leaving for the World Cup, yet Strauss said there was no point complaining because tours are planned well in advance. "There's no point moaning about it we've just got to get on with it. We're here to play cricket and that's what we'll do."
Broad has rejoined the squad in Australia to continue his rehabilitation from the stomach injury he picked up in the second Ashes Test, at Adelaide, but isn't expected to take any part in the one-day games.
Swann is out for up to two weeks after sustaining a knee injury in the first Twenty20 at Adelaide, although James Anderson will be available again for the next ODI after his rest period following the Test series.
"Graeme Swann I don't think will be available this week but hopefully for the last couple of games," Strauss said. "Kevin Pietersen we are hopeful will be fit for Wednesday, but we've got to see how he develops in the next couple of days."
Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire seamer, earned his ODI debut in place of Bresnan at the SCG but Bresnan's is a tough role to fill because he provides valuable lower-order batting and the ability to find reverse swing.