England’s medical team have sent Stuart Broad to have a scan on his heel after the bowler saw limited action in the deciding Test against the West Indies.
The Notts seamer was forced to leave the field during a County Championship match in June, and managed play through the discomfort to bowl 31 overs across two innings in England’s 9-wicket win at Lord’s.
Looking to take a squad with a clean bill of health Down Under for the Ashes tour in November, Broad will have a scan to learn the extent of the issue as a ‘precaution’.
Broad has maintained the injury is not of too great concern – as his 19 wickets against the West Indies may justify – but he will undergo a scan within the next 24-48 hours as Ashes preparations begin.
For some of Broad’s England team-mates their preparations begin by going back to their counties to take part in the concluding matches of this year’s County Championship.
Top order batsman Tom Westley will be in action for title-chasing Essex at Edgbaston looking to get in the runs, while the ECB have curiously held back Jimmy Anderson and Jos Buttler from selection by Lancashire.