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Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad will play no further part in the World Cup after suffering a side strain. The injury is different to the one that curtailed his Ashes tour

Stuart Broad has today been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup due to a side strain injury suffered during England's six-run win over South Africa on Sunday.

Broad suffered the injury while bowling during the second innings and subsequent tests have confirmed the 24-year-old has a side strain that will require him to return to the UK for treatment.

He will depart the England squad, currently based in Chittagong ahead of Friday's Group B match against Bangladesh, in the next 48 hours for further assessment in the UK that will determine his recovery and rehabilitation timescale.

Any participation in the forthcoming IPL will be determined according to his rehabilitation timescale established in due course.

ECB chief medical officer Dr Nick Peirce said: "Stuart felt some discomfort following the South Africa match and our initial assessment indicated a strain to his left side.

“Subsequent scans have confirmed a significant side strain injury - where the muscle attaches the rib - that will rule him out of the remainder of the World Cup.

“This is a new injury, separate from the abdominal tear suffered during the Ashes, that requires a period of recuperation and rehabilitation and the duration of this recovery period will be determined following further assessment in the UK."

The England selectors will decide on a player replacement in due course before submitting an application to the ICC event technical committee.

Broad is the second England player to be ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup due to injury.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has returned to the UK to undergo hernia surgery in the next week and, while he will take no part in the forthcoming IPL, he is expected to be fully fit for England's first summer Test match against Sri Lanka on May 26 at Cardiff.

Pietersen has been replaced by Eoin Morgan, who joined the England squad today in Chittagong ahead of Friday's match.

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