England concerned by Chris Woakes' side strain

Chris Woakes (left) bowled just two overs in the game against Bangladesh
Chris Woakes (left) bowled just two overs in the game against Bangladesh
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England skipper Eoin Morgan admitted that he is concerned by the side strain to all-rounder Chirs Woakes following their eight-wicket victory against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy opener at The Oval on Thursday.

Woakes, who opened the bowling for England started the innings positively conceding just four runs in his first two overs that also included a maiden over but was forced off the field since then and did not return back.

His absence in the field was a telling factor as Bangladesh went on to pile 305 runs in their 50 overs riding on a century from Tamim Iqbal and a 79 from Mushfiqur Rahim.

Morgan said in the post match press conference that the 28-year-old will undergo a scan to assess the extent of his injury.

"It is a worry when he (Woakes) goes off the field and can't come back on and bowl," Morgan told a news conference.

"He's going to have a scan tonight. He's obviously been very impressive for us over the last couple of years - and a mainstay, very reliable guy. He would definitely be a loss if he couldn't play."

Earlier, a niggle restricted Woakes' participation in the recently concluded series against South Africa to just one game where he picked a four-wicket haul.

Morgan, also backed the under-firing opener Jason Roy to come good after he recorded his fifth single digit score in the last six games.

"I thought he (Roy) was terribly unlucky today," Morgan said.

"It was quite smart, bowling a slow ball, and brave ... a big gamble. That sort of stuff can happen. You can get out in that sort of fashion when you're short on runs. But, yes, certainly we believe in him."

A brilliant unbeaten century from Joe Root along with a 95 and 75 not out from Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan respectively helped England chase down the total in the 48th over with eight wickets in hand.

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