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Josh Tongue has already been ruled out of England Lions' trip to the Caribbean

England Lions seamer Josh Tongue faces an ankle operation after being ruled out of the upcoming trip to the Caribbean.

Tongue will undergo keyhole surgery to remove a bone spur at the back of his left ankle following a meeting with a specialist in Cardiff, his county Worcestershire have confirmed.

The 20-year-old then faces a rehabilitation period as he aims to get himself fit for the Championship season.

Josh Tongue faces an ankle operation

A club statement read: "The aim is for Tongue to be bowling off a full run during the pre-season trip to Abu Dhabi in March and hopefully being fit for the opening Specsavers County Championship clash with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

"He aggravated the ankle problem during the pre-Christmas England Lions training camp in Australia after being called into the squad from the ECB Pace Programme as a replacement for Essex’s Jamie Porter."

Tongue made his first-class debut for Worcestershire in April 2016 and has since taken 51 first-class wickets for the county at an average of 24.72.

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