Cricket Australia have announced that Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has been diagnosed with a bone stress injury, after he was sent home from the Sri Lanka tour to be assessed.
The paceman had only been part of the side for a decent stretch this year, after suffering hamstring and shoulder injuries in 2015. He is one of a few Aussie pacemen who tend to suffer from back injuries.
Team physiotherapist David Beakley said: “After returning to Australia Nathan underwent an MRI scan which has unfortunately revealed a lumbar bone stress injury in his lower back.
“He will now enter a lengthy rehabilitation period with his return to play will be determined in due course.”
Beakley had said last week, when ‘NCN’ was sent home: “Nathan had been experiencing a gradual increase in lower back pain which is now preventing him from bowling at match intensity.”