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England suffered another ICC World Cup fitness blow as Stuart Broad was ruled out of the tournament with a side injury. Chris Tremlett is likely to replace him.
Broad will follow Kevin Pietersen home from the sub-continent after the batsman was ruled out earlier in the week with a hernia injury.
ECB Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nick Pierce described the injury as a "significant side strain." Further assessment on the injury will be made before a rehabilitation programme is devised.
Broad said he first felt some discomfort in his side during the thrilling latter stages of England’s win over South Africa in Chennai.
The seamer took 4-15 - including the last two wickets - in the six-run victory but said he first felt pain in his side during his crucial second spell.
Winter of woe
The 24-year-old’s withdrawal completes a miserable, injury spoiled winter for him personally.
He was forced out of the Ashes series after picking up a similar injury during England’s second Test win in Adelaide.
After returning to form in the World Cup warm-up matches, Broad was then forced to miss the epic tied match with India due to illness.
He returned against Ireland but was short of form and clearly still far from 100% as England sensationally lost to their Associate opponents.
Called up again
England’s management will now feel their decision to keep Chris Tremlett with the World Cup party has been vindicated.
Tremlett replaced Broad for the Ashes series and slotted in superbly as England went on to retain the urn 3-1.
He was added to the touring party despite not being part of the official 15-man squad as England struggled with injuries prior to the start of the competition.
The 6’8" Surrey fast-bowler has played 13 One Day Internationals since his debut against Bangladesh in 2005, taking 15 wickets at an average of 41.33.