England pace bowler Olly Stone is set to miss the Caribbean tour after suffering a back injury.
Stone has been hampered by stiffness in his lower left back since taking part in a practice session on Sunday.
Stone’s scans confirmed the extent of the injury was enough to rule him out of the Test series against the West Indies.
Stone had hoped to make his Test debut in the upcoming three-match series, but the speed demon will have to wait for his first Test appearance.
"Following the result of scans, Olly Stone has sustained a bone stress injury to the left lower back. He will return home from the Caribbean later this week and have further tests in the UK," a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday.
Stone impressed with his pace and hostility during four ODI appearances against Sri Lanka in October last year.
But the back problem is the latest injury blow for Stone, who saw his promising career interrupted for 18 months with an anterior cruciate ligament problem.
Ashley Giles, previously director of cricket at Warwickshire and recently appointed to the equivalent role with the ECB, warned selectors last year not to work Stone too hard.
He described the player as a ‘Ferrari’ and warned against his over-use.
England are yet to announce a replacement but the likes of Jamie Overton, Jamie Porter and Mark Wood are likely to come under consideration by selectors.