England receive fresh injury blow as Mark Wood is ruled out of third India Test

England seamer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the LV= Insurance third Test against India with a jarred right shoulder.

Wood sustained the injury whilst diving to try and prevent a boundary on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s – although he did proceed to bowl again on the fifth day.

However, it has now been confirmed that he will not be fit to play at Emerald Headingley, with the Test starting on Wednesday.

With Saqib Mahmood and Craig Overton already in the squad as back-up, England have opted not to call up a replacement and Wood will remain with the squad in Leeds to continue his rehab with the medical team.

He will be assessed at the end of this Test match.

The fourth Test begins at the Oval on September 2 before the series culminates with the final Test at Old Trafford on September 10.

The 31-year-old, who took five wickets during the match at Lord's having been left out for the first test at Trent Bridge, now joins Joffra Archer, Stuart Broad, Ollie Stone, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes on the list of England's injured fast bowlers.

It's the latest fitness blow to Wood who missed the 2019 Ashes series and tour to New Zealand later that year due to a side injury.

The news also present a further headache to England captain Joe Root, already charged with the task of picking his side up from a demoralising defeat at Lord's after they threw away a seemingly winning position to fall to a 151-run defeat.

And it is likely the Durham seamer's absence will pave the way for Mahmood to make his Test debut.

Mahmood, 24, has already been capped by England at both one-day international and T20 level, and back in December was named as one of seven reserve players in the test squad for the series in Sri Lanka.

In May this year, he took his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket for Lancashire against Yorkshire, and was added to England's squad ahead of the Lord's test when Stuart Broad was ruled out with a calf injury.

In white ball cricket, Mahmood is considered one of the best death-overs bowlers in the country with former West Indian cricketer Ottis Gibson once comparing him to the legendary Waqar Younis.

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