England pace bowler, Stuart Broad, has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo, after a scan confirmed a strain in his right calf.
Broad, will return to the UK immediately to undergo further tests, before he begins a rehabilitation programme.
However, according to a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), no additional player will be sent to join the squad as Broad’s replacement, which had sparked a debate over whether Tim Bresnan or Steven Finn, will fill Broad’s spot on the roster.
Broad, who looked doubtful to even play the first Test after tripping on the boundary rope and spraining his ankle, took two wickets in the match, dismissing Tillakaratne Dilshan in both the first and second innings.
According to the ECB, the further tests that Broad is scheduled to undergo, will reveal just how bad his injury is, and whether he will be fit enough to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) next week.
Broad, is currently under a three year contract with the King’s XI Punjab, and if he misses this year’s edition of the IPL, it will be the second year in a row, after he missed the entire tournament last year due to a side strain he suffered in the World Cup.