Knee Injury Ends Stuart Broad's Series
England all-rounder Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the final two One-Day Internationals against Australia due to a knee injury.
Broad has inflammation of the tendon on his right knee and although he will miss the final two matches at Trent Bridge on 17th September and The Riverside on 20th September, he is expected to be fit to play in the Champions Trophy, where England begin their campaign with a match against Sri Lanka on 25th September.
England Chief Medical Officer, Nick Peirce, explained: "Stuart has had a niggling injury to his right knee for some time which had been manageable and until recently had not led to him missing any cricket. This ongoing niggle, a tendinopathy, or inflammation to the tendon, has recently flared.
"This requires rest and as a result Stuart won't be available for England's final two matches of the NatWest Series. We expect Stuart to play a full part in the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy after which time he will undertake a strengthening programme prior to England's tour of South Africa.
"Luke Wright continues to make good progress after splitting his left big toe last Monday and he'll be re-assessed at the conclusion of the NatWest Series."
England trail Australia 5-0 in the series having already been denied the services of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen through injury while Paul Collingwood and James Anderson have been rested.
© Cricket World 2009