Jason Roy
Jason Roy (Image Credits: Twitter)

England opener Jason Roy was taken for scans on his leg after he limped off the field during the game versus South Africa on Saturday with a calf injury. The result of the scans will be revealed on Monday.

On the first ball of the fifth over of England’s innings in Sharjah, Jason Roy hobbled for about three-fourth of the pitch towards the striker’s end while completing a run. He did manage to complete the single but immediately went on the ground.

Jos Buttler looked worried and a couple of Proteas players came to check up on Jason Roy as the England physio came in running to tend to the opener.

T20 World Cup 2021: Watch - Jason Roy Breaks Into Tears After Getting Injured vs South Africa
Jason Roy Breaks Into Tears After Getting Injured vs South Africa

“Jason Roy will be going for a scan later and we will have further news on his injury and the outcome of his scan tomorrow,” an ECB spokesperson told ANI. 

The right-hander had made 20 off 15 balls before leaving the field on the support of the physio and a substitute. He was also seen on a crutch on the boundary edge after South Africa completed a close 10-run victory.

This could well be the end of Jason Roy’s T20 World Cup campaign. England, who were already missing Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, and Sam Curran, lost the services of Tymal Mills as well during their game versus Sri Lanka.

Jason Roy is unbelievably important: Eoin Morgan

Despite the loss to South Africa, England finished on top of Group 1 and will play the first semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. However, it remains unclear whether they will have their swashbuckling opener or not.

Captain Eoin Morgan was effusive in praise of Jason Roy and clearly was concerned about the right-hander’s unavailability for the knockouts.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“He’s unbelievably important. He’s a guy who epitomises everything that we are about in the changing room and the way we play. You see how commanding he is at the top of the order… he’s as close as we get to surmising how the changing room should play. We’re gutted for Jase but also half-hoping that he’s OK. For anyone to miss the latter stages of a tournament – particularly when it’s been too guys in two games – that does hurt the mood [in the dressing room],” Eoin Morgan said after the match.

Should Jason Roy be deemed unfit for the knockouts, Sam Billings is the likeliest candidate to come into the eleven, although not at the top. Tom Curran and David Willey are other options at Morgan’s disposal while James Vince, who is a reserve could be added in the main squad as Jason Roy’s replacement.

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