Jordan picks up new injury setback

County Cricket

England all-rounder Chris Jordan's hopes of playing in the Ashes Tests have all but ended, as he has been ruled out of a return for Sussex with a back injury, having already missed two months of cricket.

Jordan has been on the sidelines with a side injury, the same thing that has waylaid James Anderson, for two months, and was hoping for a return in the Championship against Middlesex this weekend.

But he has been ruled out after needing cortisone injection in his back, and the club has to decided whether to risk him as early as Wednesday in the T20 Blast. Jordan will want to get on the park, to make a play for the limited-overs Ashes series.

Sussex coach Mark Robinson said in The Argus: "We were hoping CJ was going to be fit but he has had a stiff back which England want to be sorted out before he starts to bowl again.

"He had an injection on Monday and you need to leave it a week for it to settle down which means he is unable to play at Lord’s.

"He has a chance of being ready for the quarter-final but it is then a question of whether we risk him when he has had no competitive cricket for two months."