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England pace bowler Mark Wood has returned home and will visit a specialist to discuss what should be done to deal with the chronic ankle problems he is currently dealing with.
Wood was forced to miss the third Test against Pakistan due to his ankle issues and has also been ruled out of the limited overs series. As a result, Liam Plunkett has been called up as his replacement.
Wood, who required a cortisone injection during the Ashes series against Australia this summer and two more in the first two Tests against Pakistan, recently admitted that he may need surgery to fix the problem.
“Mark Wood’s ankle condition is well known and while we have managed his workloads over the summer and during the Test series against Pakistan it has been decided that the sensible course of action is to seek further advice from a specialist,” national selector James Whitaker said. “We will then be able to consider how to ensure Mark is able to perform at his very best in an England shirt going forward.
“Liam Plunkett will replace Wood in both squads and, having featured in the ODI side last summer, his inclusion provides Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss with an experienced pace bowling option in the squad.”