Morgan plays down severity of Stokes’ injury

“There are no significant signs of an injury but we will assess it over the next few days”

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England captain Eoin Morgan has said that the knee injury Ben Stokes sustained in the first ODI against South Africa is not serious.

After scoring 25, Stokes was limited to just two overs when England took to the field as he complained of pain in his knee.

Although Stokes was treated by the team’s physio, he did not bowl again.

“We managed to take a wicket when he came on so bowling him again even though he was fit was not worth the risk,” Morgan said. “He will have an extra day to ice it. There are no significant signs of an injury but we will assess it over the next few days.

“He did the right thing and went off and got it checked. A knee can put you out for six months to a year so it is a significant injury if it does happen.

“But he was able to come back on with the green light [to bowl].”

England won the first ODI at Headingley by 72 runs and subsequently took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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