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England pace bowler James Anderson could miss the first Test against South Africa on July 6 after being diagnosed with a tear in his right groin.
Anderson sustained the injury while representing Lancashire in their County Championship match against Yorkshire last week.
Anderson, who pulled up while bowling his sixth over on the opening day, will be further assessed by the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) medical team on Wednesday.
“A scan has confirmed that Lancashire and England seamer James Anderson has a tear to his right groin,” a statement on the ECB website said. “He will be fully assessed on Wednesday by the ECB medical team to understand the extent of his injury.
“Anderson will miss Lancashire’s Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Yorkshire at Headingley commencing on Friday 2 June.”
This is the latest injury setback the 34-year-old has suffered as he missed four of England’s last 10 Tests with a shoulder injury. Anderson hurt his shoulder last summer and was ruled out of England’s tour of Bangladesh in October. He returned for the five-Test series in India in November, but missed the fifth Test due to “body soreness”.