Chris Woakes refused to set a date for his return
The fast bowler was yesterday ruled out of remainder of the Champions Trophy with a side strain sustained in England’s opening match against Bangladesh.
But he joins a growing list of injury worries to the first-choice bowling attack, with Jimmy Anderson recovering from a groin tear and Ben Stokes battling a persistent knee problem.
Woakes, 28, described the pain of his injury as like “someone sticking a knife in my side” and he refused to set a target for a comeback.
“I don’t want to set a target. I just want to take it day by day and build it back up,” he said.
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“I’ve never had a side strain before but as a bowler it’s one of those injuries that it is important not to risk.”
He added: “It’s a tough one to take right at the start of a tournament that we have been building up to but I hope the boys carry on the great form they are in.”