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Back injury forces Reece Topley out of action for three months

Back injury forces Reece Topley out of action for three months
Reece Topley suffered a broken hand during his debut for Hampshire.
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England fast bowler Reece Topley is set to undergo a three-month long rehabilitation process after having suffered a back injury and has been ruled out of the remainder of the international season.

Topley, who has played 16 limited overs internationals for England after making his debut in August 2015, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back.

An England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) spokesperson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo that Topley will aim to return to Hampshire by the end of the domestic season after his three-month layoff.

After hearing the news, Topley said that he was "completely devastated" and wants to "play for Hampshire and contribute to their cricket".

As a 19-year-old, Topley first suffered a back injury in 2013-14 after an impressive start to his career, but returned only for the injury to make a comeback in the 2014 season.

In 10 One-Day Internationals for England, Topley has taken 16 wickets at an average of 25.62 and he also played two matches in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 campaign in India earlier this year.

Earlier in April, Topley suffered a broken hand on his debut for Hampshire after being struck by a ball hit by Boyd Rankin during the County Championship Division One encounter against Warwickshire.

There is good news for England, however, as Mark Wood is “progressing well” after his ankle surgery and a statement from ECB said that the 26-year-old will start bowling this week.

Yorkshire’s David Willey, who suffered a grade two abdominal tear during the game against Surrey early in May, is also expected to make a return on 2nd June for the NatWest Twenty20 Blast match against Worcestershire.

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