World Cup hosts England have suffered another blow as top-order batsman Jason Roy will sit out for the next two matches after suffering a hamstring injury. Roy was injured during England's eight-wicket victory over West Indies on 14 June.
England captain Eoin Morgan is also injured with a back spasm, however, he is racing against time to get fit before England meet Afghanistan on 18 June at Old Trafford. Roy's condition will be assessed on an 'ongoing basis' through the week, as he sits out the clashes against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
Roy walked out of the field after pulling his left leg hamstring while chasing the ball on the outfield against the Windies whereas Morgan was moving to the non-striker's stumps to back up a throw when he sustained the injury that left him struggling to climb the pavilion stairs. Morgan had a scan and treatment over the weekend and England team officials said that he will be monitored before they meet Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Roy has scored 215 runs in three innings in the tournament at an average of 71.66, including a 153 against Bangladesh. Earlier this year, he was out of action for seven weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury. He had an MRI scan in London on Saturday and his availability for the team will depend on the progress he makes as he sits out for the next week. He can also be ruled out for a longer duration, depending on the speed of his recovery.
In the absence of both Morgan and Roy, Joe Root would take the number 3 spot as he did earlier against the Windies where he scored a century. Similarly, all-rounder, Chris Woakes would also be given a promotion up the batting order after his quickfire 40 of 54 balls against the Windies. Moeen Ali could see himself featured in the squad in the if Morgan cannot make it to the side. Ali, who was on the bench for the last two games, can also be brought into the side to give England an additional spinner if they decide to change their tactic of playing four pacers.