Fast bowler Mark Wood has been ruled out of England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka with a left side strain.
The Durham player sustained the injury at the end of the South Africa tour earlier this month.
He had several scans in London, which confirmed a small tear to his left side – the same side he injured in July’s World Cup final, which meant he missed the Ashes.
Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood will replace Wood in the Test squad.
Wood will now start an injury rehabilitation programme, working with England and Durham medical teams.
The England Test squad travels to Sri Lanka on Monday before two Tests later in March.
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