• The Ashes

Injured Broad awaits scan results

ESPNcricinfo staff
December 15, 2013
Stuart Broad suffered no immediate bad news after x-rays on his injured foot © PA Photos

England are hopeful that Stuart Broad will be available for the rest of the Ashes series, after discovering no immediate horrors in x-rays on an injured right foot. The situation remains unclear, however, until the results of scans are also received.

An England statement said: "Currently waiting for results of further scans on Broad's right foot. He will not take the field today. An update is likely tomorrow morning."

Johnson has terrorised Broad throughout the series and this time added injury to insult as he had him lbw with a yorker which struck him painfully on the right ankle.

Broad hobbled back to the pavilion, not bothering to call for a review, and was absent from the field when a beleaguered England team took to the field for Australia's second innings.

Broad hobbled around the nets, observed by several members of England's coaching staff, with the team director Andy Flower among them, and after sending down a couple of deliveries gingerly, made it clear that he was unable to bowl and was driven to hospital for scans. He returned without a boot on his right foot - but no immediate bad news.

Broad will hope to avoid the anguish of his previous Ashes tour when he tore a stomach muscle in Adelaide and returned home after only two Tests.

England are optimistic that Broad's right foot is bruised rather than broken, and will also take comfort that it is not his front foot which should quicken his ability to bowl again. It remains to be seen whether England, who are staring at a heavy defeat in Perth, will risk him in what remains of Australia's second innings before an anticipated declaration around lunch on the fourth day.

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