Seamer Toby Roland-Joness chances of forcing his way back into the England reckoning suffered a major blow yesterday after he was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a back injury.
Roland-Jones was unable to bowl during the second half of county side Middlesexs County Championship clash at Derbyshire, which concluded on Monday, and scans revealed a stress fracture.
The 30-year-olds injury is a recurrence of the problem he sustained towards the end of the last domestic campaign that ruled him out of Englands winter Ashes tour of Australia.
“Everybody at the club is devastated for Toby and our immediate thoughts are with him, and that he makes a full recovery,” said Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser.
“Tobys absence is obviously a setback for Middlesex and he will be missed for more than just his bowling.
“Hes a fantastic presence in the dressing room and has been one of the finest bowlers in the country in the past six or seven years.”
Roland-Jones made his Test debut against South Africa at The Oval in July and finished with match figures of 8-48, having taken 5-57 in the tourists first innings, as England won by 239 runs. The 30-year-old has taken 17 wickets in four England appearances.