Anxious wait for Morgan

England batsman to see specialist over fractured finger

Last Updated: 08/02/11 9:45am

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Morgan: Fractured finger

Morgan: Fractured finger

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England will find out in the next 24 hours whether Eoin Morgan will be fit in time for this month's ICC World Cup.

The 24-year-old suffered a fracture to the middle finger on his left hand, and will now see a specialist to assess the damage.

Morgan, though, is likely to face a couple of weeks out at least - meaning he could only be available for the latter stages of the tournament in the sub-continent.

And England captain Andrew Strauss admitted the middle-order batsman's participation now depended on the outcome of the tests on the injury.

"He's got a broken finger, he's going to see a specialist to decide what the best course of action is to remedy that situation," Strauss said.

"There's obviously a chance that he's not going to feature.

Confident

"We're going to have to think through - at what stage is the cut-off point the guy needs to be replaced.

"We're pretty confident the other guys are going to be fit, but Eoin Morgan we are not sure of at this stage."

Morgan has been a key member in England's one-day side, with a series of crucial performances.

And Strauss admitted the absence of Morgan could be a big loss to his side's hope for glory.

"He is particularly important in those conditions as well, being able to clear the ropes in the manner that he does," he added.

"Hopefully there will be an opportunity for him to play. If he isn't available someone is going to have to fill those shoes."

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