Warwickshire allrounder Chris Woakes has been ruled out of contention for a place in the England Lions side for their tour match against Sri Lanka at Derby from May 19.
The 22-year-old has been ruled out with sore shins which Warwickshire hope will keep him sidelined for only two to three weeks.
But Woakes will be sent for a precautionary scan to establish whether he is suffering from the early signs of shin splints.
Woakes has had a heavy workload for the last five months having toured Australia with the England Performance Programme in December, being called into England’s senior squad for their Twenty20 and one-day matches in Australia in January and then touring the West Indies with England Lions in February and March.
Woakes had barely two weeks to recharge his batteries before he was pitched back into a busy English season and he has played in every Warwickshire match so far.
He would have been a certainty to play for the Lions in the four-day fixture against Sri Lanka, having impressed against the West Indies for the same team two years ago, but now faces an unwanted period on the sidelines.
Woakes will miss Warwickshire’s County Championship match against Worcestershire at Edgbaston this week and probably next week’s trip to Trent Bridge to play Nottinghamshire as well as the Clydesdale Bank 40 encounter with Leicestershire at Grace Road on May 15.
Naqaash Tahir has been added to Warwickshire’s squad against Worcestershire for a possible first Championship appearance of the season.