Nottinghamshire bowler Stuart Broad has today been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup due to a side strain injury suffered during England's six-run win over South Africa on Sunday.
Broad suffered the injury while bowling during England's second innings and subsequent tests have confirmed the 24-year-old has a side strain that will require him to return to the UK for treatment.
His haul of 4-15 earned a dramatic victory for England over South Africa on Sunday but they must now prepare for Friday’s group match against Bangladesh without Broad and Kevin Pietersen.
Broad will depart the England squad base in Chittagong tomorrow for further assessment in the UK that will determine his recovery and rehabilitation timescale.
Broad’s recovery will be monitored before any decision is taken regarding his scheduled participation in the Indian Premier League.
"Stuart felt some discomfort following the South Africa match and our initial assessment indicated a strain to his left side,” said ECB Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nick Peirce.
“Subsequent scans have confirmed a significant side strain injury - where the muscle attaches the rib - that will rule him out of the remainder of the World Cup. This is a new injury, separate from the abdominal tear suffered during the Ashes, that requires a period of recuperation and rehabilitation and the duration of this recovery period will be determined following further assessment in the UK."
The England selectors will decide on a player replacement in due course before submitting an application to the ICC Event Technical Committee with Chris Tremlett in the box seat.