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England opener Jason Roy to miss next two World Cup matches with hamstring injury

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England will monitor the fitness of Jason Roy and captain Eoin Morgan - Getty Images Europe

Jason Roy is set to miss England’s next two World Cup games but is hopeful of being fit for the match against Australia at Lord’s in June 25.

Roy underwent a scan on his left hamstring on Saturday night and the results will be assessed on Sunday with England hopeful the injury is not serious.

He will miss this week’s games against Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday and Sri Lanka at Headingley on Friday but has not been ruled out of playing against Australia in the showpiece World Cup group game at Lord’s.

Roy complained of tightness in his left hamstring and went off for a treatment after just eight overs against West Indies on Friday.

They will give him every opportunity to recover his fitness such is his importance to the side and he will only be replaced in the squad if the scan shows up significant damage. Players replaced in the squad can only return in the event of another member of the squad getting injured so Roy’s injury would have to be severe for England not to give him time to recover.

Morgan is expected to miss the match against Afghanistan at Old Trafford after suffering a back spasm in the West Indies game but could be fit to face Sri Lanka on Thursday in Leeds. It will depend how cautious England are about Morgan damaging his back further. 

Roy has been plagued with back and hamstring problems this summer, missing most of the early season for Surrey. If he is out for ten days it would mean he misses games against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Australia at Lord’s June 25. 

England will want him back for the game against India at Edgbaston two weeks today but would probably give him even more time than that if necessary with the knock out stages not starting until July 9.

Vince replaced Alex Hales in the World Cup squad after he failed a test for recreational drug use. Vince played two ODIs against Pakistan without much success but made 64 in the World Cup warm-up match against Australia before making way for Roy and Jonny Bairstow.

Moeen Ali is set to return to the side for the game against Afghanistan with England likely to pick two spinners for the match to be played on a used pitch.

Jos Buttler will lead the side in Morgan’s absence. “I have played under Eoin for a long time and he’s a fantastic captain and he’s someone I have tried to learn from as vice-captain,” said Buttler. We speak a lot about the game, we’ve got similar views so it will be very similar.”