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Ireland lose injured Rankin

Warwickshire paceman sidelined by stress fracture

Rankin: advised to rest

Boyd Rankin has been ruled out of Ireland's tour of Sri Lanka due to a stress fracture in his right foot.

"I've been told it could take between two or three weeks to fully heal, but we'll know more when I get it checked out again next week at Warwickshire, where I'll be doing my rehabilitation."

Boyd Rankin

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The Warwickshire seamer will miss the Intercontinental Cup fixture against Afghanistan from January 21-24 and the following Twenty20 tournament, also featuring Sri Lanka A and Canada.

"I am wearing a protective cast," Rankin said. "It's not broken but it needs to be rested for four or five days.

"It was picked up by the physios and doctors at an ECB training camp in Loughborough earlier this week.

"We'll see where we are then depending on how sore it is.

"I've been told it could take between two or three weeks to fully heal, but we'll know more when I get it checked out again next week at Warwickshire, where I'll be doing my rehabilitation."

Ireland have called up Civil Service North all-rounder Nigel Jones to replace Rankin.