Bravo blow for Windies
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury.
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH
Last Updated: 25/02/11 6:07pm
The West Indies' World Cup hopes have suffered a big blow with the news that Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.
The influential all-rounder had to be helped off the field during his team's opening-game defeat against South Africa, after falling awkwardly whilst bowling.
The 27-year-old collapsed after going over on his left knee during his follow through while bowling against the Proteas, and was taken off for scans on the problem.
Bravo's injury was bad enough to rule him out for at least four weeks, which would see him miss all of the group stages and still be a doubt to return for the knockouts should the West Indies progress.
Caribbean officials have decided to call for a replacement for Bravo and will meet soon to discuss the options, but it will be hard to find someone to fill the void both with bat and ball.
"Dwayne is out of the tournament," said a West Indies team spokesman. "He had an MRI scan earlier today and when the results came back it wasn't very good.
"The MRI revealed cartilage damage to the left knee and and he is expected to be out for a minimum of four weeks. The team management and the selectors are meeting to discuss a replacement."
Bravo is the third West Indies player to have been injured in the last week, with their injury jinx also striking batsman Adrian Barath and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh, who have both already flown home.
The ICC will need to ratify a replacement, who will then fly out to the subcontinent to join the rest of the squad.