ECB announce England all-rounder Ben Stokes has a collarbone joint injury

Published: Tuesday 3rd November 2015 by The News Editor

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Ben Stokes may yet bat if necessary for England in the third Test against Pakistan, after scans confirmed he has a “collarbone joint injury”.

Stokes hurt his shoulder on his bowling arm in the field on day one at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The all-rounder will not bowl or field again in the match, which England must win to earn a 1-1 series draw.

England Cricket tweeted on Tuesday morning: “@benstokes38 has collar bone joint injury. He will not bowl/field but may bat if circumstances dictate.”

Initial fears, after Stokes left the field in obvious pain on Sunday, were that he may well have dislocated his shoulder.

The diagnosis after scans offers more hope that he may be fit in time for England’s next Test tour, of South Africa, which starts on December 10.

England Cricket added in a second tweet: “Collar bone injury will be further assessed in 7/10 days, and a potential return to play will be taken then.”

The recovery period for a dislocated shoulder could have been up to three months, whereas the latest diagnosis suggests a return to full action in six weeks is perhaps feasible.

Published: Tuesday 3rd November 2015 by The News Editor

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