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England wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings will be sidelined for “three to five months” as he will need to undergo surgery after dislocating his shoulder on Thursday.
Billings suffered the injury when captaining Kent in their Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Glamorgan.
Having just returned from India, where he represented the Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Billings dislocated his shoulder in the first over of the match when diving to stop a shot.
In obvious pain, Billings was administered oxygen before being helped from the field and taken to the hospital, where his shoulder was put back into place.
Given the severity of Billings’ injury, he has been ruled out of the ODI against Ireland on May 3 and the one-off Twenty20 International against Pakistan on May 5.
It has since been confirmed that Ben Foakes, who has yet to make his limited overs debut in international cricket, will take Billings’ spot in the side for the ODI against Ireland.
“Sam has seen a specialist this morning, where he underwent a scan to assess the extent of his injury,” Kent’s director of cricket, Paul Downton, was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “The scan highlighted significant damage to his shoulder, meaning he will require surgical intervention. This surgery has been scheduled for next week and it is anticipated that he will be back to fitness within three to five months.
“I know I speak for everyone at Kent when I say we really feel for Sam. To have picked up this kind of injury ahead of what was set to be an exciting summer is tough. However, I have no doubt that his dedicated professionalism and strong mindset, will see him working hard behind the scenes to return back to fitness as soon as possible.”
Billings was not included in England’s preliminary World Cup squad, but given the time he will out of action for, he will miss the showpiece event.
England will play on the opening day of the World Cup on May 30, where they will take on South Africa at The Oval.