Broad's heel injury could scupper England's winning chances in India Test series
The England team would find out today whether vice captain Stuart Broad will be fit for playing in the opening Test against India this week, or if his injury would force him out of two Tests at least.
Despite a scan showing Broad having a bruised left heel, the England management have continued to insist that the problem was no more serious than a 'fast bowler's niggle', and that he would certainly play in the first Test, which starts in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
However, while Steven Finn's thigh strain, suffered on day one of the tour against India A, has healed well enough for the Middlesex giant to be in genuine contention to play in the Tests, concerns are now growing over Broad, who was appointed England's vicecaptain at the start of the tour by Alastair Cook, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the paper, England's original rehabilitation plan for Broad was that he would sit out the final warm-up match in Haryana, then test his fitness in the nets on Sunday with a view to playing in the Test three days later.
Sources within the England coaching staff suggested that Finn had a better chance of playing than Broad, but subsequently a team spokesman suggested that the latter might not bowl until Tuesday, the paper said.
The spokesperson's comments has now fuelled fears that the first Test is too soon to risk Broad, and also puts a question-mark over his participation in the second Test, starting in Mumbai on November 23, the paper added.