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Ankle problem puts cloud over Wood's participation against West Indies
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Ankle problem puts cloud over Wood's participation against West Indies

Mark Wood’s participation in the West Indies clash could be doubtful following a re-emergence of his old ankle problems.

Wood suffered slight discomfort in his left ankle following England's clash against Bangladesh as the Durham speed demon recorded the fastest delivery of the tournament so far at 95.6 mph (153.9 km/h).

The 29-year-old, who has undergone three major operations on his ankle, revived his England career with some devastating spells of fast bowling earlier this year against the West Indies.

He had to pull out of a warm-up game against Australia with similar problem.

But England captain Eoin Morgan said Wood's injury problem did not mean it was the end of the road for him at the World Cup.

"It's nothing too serious, he just pulled up a little bit sore from the game in Cardiff -- he's the only concern at the moment," Morgan said on Thursday.

"Mark is going to have a fitness test in the morning. If it is still sore, we probably won't take a risk."

Morgan said all teams at the World Cup would need to manage their quicks carefully.

"It's part of the plan, because they are fast bowlers. It will happen to other bowlers throughout the tournament," he said.

"We're well aware of that. We will have to manage them as we would normally, as we do with Chris Woakes if there's back-to-back games," Morgan added. "It's not a problem, it's just what happens."

Moeen Ali might be included in place of Wood, who didn’t feature against Bangladesh.

Moeen's wife gave birth to a daughter on Wednesday but the off-spinner rejoined the England squad on Thursday.

Morgan confirmed that wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler had been declared fit after missing out the Bangladesh innings with a hip injury.