Roach Heading Home With Shin Muscle Injury

Roach Heading Home With Shin Muscle Injury
Roach Heading Home With Shin Muscle Injury
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West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour of the United Kingdom with shin problems.

He is heading back to Barbados for a spell of rest and recuperation while the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have yet to name his replacement.

Roach has been struggling with shin muscle soreness during the opening two Tests and he becomes the second member of the squad - after Shannon Gabriel - to be forced out due to injury.

"Kemar has been carrying this soreness for the last two matches, and in view of our upcoming schedule, we would like him to have the time to recover and prevent the onset of more serious injury," West Indies physiotherapist CJ Clark said.

"It is always important to balance workload with the body’s ability to repair, and I think it judicious to protect Kemar at this time."

Head coach Ottis Gibson is disappointed to lose Roach, who has taken eight wickets in the Test series, but feels eiher of Fidel Edwards or Tino Best will be more than adequate replacements.

"We still have an awful lot of cricket to play this year and we did not want to risk losing as valuable a player as Kemar for a long period," he said.

"He has been outstanding with the ball for us so far this year and we are all gutted by his departure.

"Kemar made a lot of improvements, after enduring a tough time last year, and gave us some World-class performances during the Digicel 2012 Series against Australia and here in England.

"We believe that a very excited Tino and a fit-again Fidel will be able to provide us with the spark that we will miss from Roach’s absence.

"We still have an awful lot for which to play in the final Test, and Tino and Fidel can give us the cutting edge to our bowling if they play."

The west Indies take on Leicestershire in a two-day game from Saturday (1st June) and the third Test against England begins on 7th June at Edgbaston.

England lead the series 2-0.

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