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Tongue out for two and a half months with metatarsal injury

The Worcestershire seamer, who has spent time with England Lions and on the England Pace Programme over the winter, has sustained what the club are calling a "stress response" in his left foot and faces a long spell on the sidelines

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Worcestershire bowler Josh Tongue

Josh Tongue has been ruled out of action for two and a half months with a metatarsal injury.

The Worcestershire seamer, who has spent time with England Lions and on the England Pace Programme over the winter, has sustained what the club are calling a "stress response" in his left foot and faces a long spell on the sidelines.

Tongue complained of the issue during the warm-up ahead of his side's Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Nottinghamshire last week and was subsequently sent for an MRI scan on the problem area.

He has now begun rehab work and Worcestershire are tentatively looking at Tongue being available once again for the final six games of the County Championship season.

Head coach Kevin Sharp said: "It is a blow to lose Josh who showed last season how much potential he has got and he was adjusting nicely to the demands of Division One cricket.

"But there is nothing you can do about injuries. We just have to get on with it and hope we will have Josh back for the final part of the season and those final six Championship matches which is still a lot of cricket."

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