Stuart Broad, the England all-rounder and Twenty20 International captain, has been ruled out of the end of the international summer and the one-day leg of his side's upcoming tour of India this winter.
The Nottinghamshire man tore a muscle in his right shoulder during the closing stages of India's innings in the fourth One-Day International at Lord's.
His over had to be completed by Steven Finn and he was unavailable to bat although he wasn't eventually required to bat as England and India tied the game in a dramatic finale.
His absence from both the final ODI in Cardiff on 16th September and then the two Twenty20 Internationals against the West Indies on 23rd and 25th September means that England will need to appoint another captain which raises the possibility of a fifth England captain of the summer should the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decide against installing Alastair Cook as skipper.
"Stuart has a muscle tear within his shoulder and will require an initial period of rest and rehabilitation," ECB chief medical officer Dr Nick Peirce said.
"Exact timescales will be determined in due course but he is likely to be ruled out of cricket for a number of weeks."
England play India in five One-Day Internationals from 14th to 25th October which leaves the Twenty20 International on 29th October as a target for Broad to make a comeback.
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