By Joe Shread, Sky Sports News
Eoin Morgan will be monitored by England ahead of Afghanistan game on Tuesday; James Vince will replace Roy.
Jason Roy will miss England’s next two World Cup matches after a scan confirmed he tore his hamstring against the West Indies last Friday.
The opening batsman left the field during the match with tightness in his left hamstring and, while he will continue to be assessed, he has been ruled out of the games against Afghanistan on Tuesday and Sri Lanka on Friday.
Captain Eoin Morgan confirmed Hampshire batsman James Vince will replace Roy at the top of the order, but is optimistic Roy will feature again for England during the World Cup.
He said: “I certainly believe Jason will play again in this tournament. He’s going to be assessed continuously over the course of the next week. He’s out of the next two games, so we’ll see how he pulls up after that.”
Morgan believes Roy could return for England’s clash with Australia on June 25, but added: “If not Australia, then maybe the following game.
“As we know with injuries, people respond differently to treatment and medication. It’s a matter of giving him enough time to allow him to get himself back into the tournament.”
While Roy will miss the game against Afghanistan at Old Trafford, Morgan is hopeful of recovering in time from the back spasm that forced him from the field against West Indies to face Afghanistan.
Morgan underwent a scan and received further treatment this weekend, and said of his condition: “It’s drastically improved.
“I’ve had extensive treatment and medication in the last two days, which has helped me no end. I’ve had a small hit in the nets and hopefully I’ll be fit in the morning. It will all depend on how I pull up, but I’m aiming to play tomorrow.”
Should Morgan be forced to miss the game against Afghanistan, vice-captain Jos Buttler would step into his shoes.
While Roy and Morgan were off the field against West Indies, Test captain Joe Root opened the batting alongside Jonny Bairstow, going on to score a century as England secured an eight-wicket win.