England fast bowler Mark Wood is doubtful for the third Test against India at Headingley, starting August 25. Wood suffered a shoulder injury when he dove to save the ball from going into the fence, landing on his shoulder.
England are already without key bowlers like Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes who are currently nursing injuries. Added to this, Ben Stokes too is not available as he had decided to take an indefinite break from the game. Head coach and selector Chris Silverwood made it abundantly clear that Stokes will not be forced to return early.
Silverwood confirmed that the medics are having a look at Wood and will take their advice on whether or not the fast bowler can take part in the crucial third Test.
"The medics are working on him, we'll find out more in the next couple of days," England's head coach Silverwood said on Tuesday (August 17). England are due to announce their squad for the third Test on Wednesday (August 18) and will be interesting to see if Wood makes the cut.
"We will make a decision, along with him and our medics, closer to the time. But if he's not right, he's not right. I certainly won't push him into playing if he tells me he's not right. I will look after him," Silverwood added.
England suffered a 151-run loss in the second Test at Lord's and will be keen to pull one back at Headingley. Other than their injury crisis, they also have to address their top-order issues, which have been disappointing in the two Tests so far.