James Anderson has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test that will begin from 14th August owing to his right calf injury. A cloud of uncertainty hovers over his recovery as he will undergo another rehabilitation programme.
He could only bowl four overs in the first Ashes Test where England got drubbed from their rivals.
This latest blow has weakened England's bowling attack that looked totally out of sorts in the second innings as they waited for Australia to declare and end their misery.
The injury-prone pacer passed every fitness test leading up to the Ashes but unfortunately, the injury came back haunting him in the series opener at Edgbaston and he did not bowl again avoiding aggravating the injury while Australia waltzed to a massive 251-run victory.
The seasoned new-ball magician, who has taken 575 Test scalps, had not played competitive cricket for about a month before the first Test after injuring the same calf playing for Lancashire.
"The MRI confirmed that Anderson has suffered a calf injury," said a press release from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday.
"As a result of the injury, he will commence a rehabilitation programme working with the England and Lancashire medical teams.
"Anderson will miss the second Test match, which starts at Lord's on Wednesday, August 14. He will be reassessed on an ongoing basis."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan isn't hoping to see Anderson back on the field until the fourth Test and forewarned his absence could have a major impact on the final result.
"My concern is you don't underestimate the psychological effect of Jimmy Anderson has on the England team, but also the positive effect it sends through the Australia team," he opined.
"For them to arrive next week and the week after to know they won't be facing Jimmy... that is monstrous."
Jofra Archer has the potential to fill the void in absence of Anderson but the young bowling sensation has his own share of problems with the side strain that he described as 'excruciating' and played the World Cup with the help of painkillers ending the tournament with most wickets (20) for his side.
But this is all behind him as he has been gearing up for the Ashes resolutely by taking 6 for 27 for Sussex's 2nd XI on Tuesday.
England captain Joe Root had no qualms about having Anderson in the team for the Edgbaston game, reminding he had passed every medical test.
"It's one of those freak scenarios where he pulled up -- because it's the same calf, we're not sure whether it's a slightly different injury," remarked Root.
"Jimmy in those conditions, if he bowls 15 overs, things could have been very different in the first innings in general." Root said in hindsight.
Root affirms that picking Archer would not be risky if he gets through the requisite workload this week.
"With Jofra, we're in a slightly different situation where he'll have played a lot of cricket in between and we'll have a clearer idea of where he's at," he mentioned.
"We'll turn up to Lord's and make sure in the next few days we don't make any shotgun decisions."
England will restrategize and come harder after the muted show at Edgbaston to tussle the Ashes back from Australia while the visitors are looking to stretch their good run and win the Test series in England that has not been possible since 2001.