England fast bowler Olly Stone faces month out after injury setback

England fast bowler Olly Stone faces a month out after suffering fresh injury setback in first appearance of 2020 season for Warwickshire

  • Stone suffered a side strain in his first appearance of the 2020 season
  • He was sent for a scan after reporting soreness in his left side on Monday 
  • The 26-year-old won his only Test cap so far against Ireland last summer 

England fast bowler Olly Stone will miss the next three rounds of the Bob Willis Trophy and the start of the Twenty20 Blast after suffering a side strain in his first appearance of the 2020 season.

Stone left the field on the third morning of Warwickshire’s draw with his former club Northamptonshire earlier this week after reporting soreness in his left side.

The 26-year-old, who claimed four for 39 in the first innings, played no further part in the match at Edgbaston and was sent for a scan that revealed a low-grade strain.

Warwickshire and England paceman Olly Stone will be out for up to a month with a side strain

He is now expected to be out for a month, leaving Warwickshire’s fifth and final match of the ECB’s new first-class competition – the away fixture against Glamorgan on September 6 – as a potential return date. The Blast begins on August 27.

Stone has had a chequered fitness record over the years: he was sidelined for more than 12 months in 2016 when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament celebrating the dismissal of Moeen Ali while playing for Northants while he pulled out of England’s tour of the Caribbean last year with a stress fracture of the back after being selected in the original squad ahead of Mark Wood.

This latest setback comes at a time when he is very much in England’s thoughts in planning for next year’s Ashes down under.

Stone has been hampered by two stress fractures and a damaged anterior cruciate ligament

Along with Somerset’s Craig Overton and Saqib Mahmood of Lancashire, he is one of three players on ECB bowling contracts, and was recently in England’s extended Test squad for the 2-1 win over West Indies.

Overton, meanwhile, has signed a new three-year contract with Somerset less than a week after his twin brother Jamie signed a long-term deal at Surrey.

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