England have been dealt a blow on the eve of the first Twenty20 against Pakistan with the news opening batsman Jason Roy will miss the three-match series because of a left side strain.
While Roy will miss matches at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday, Sunday and next Tuesday against Pakistan, the big-hitting batsman will remain in the bio-secure bubble with a view to returning in the limited-overs matches against Australia next month.
An England statement said: "England's Jason Roy has been ruled out of the Vitality IT20s against Pakistan after sustaining a left side strain.
"The Surrey top-order batsman picked up the injury this week in the team's preparation at Emirates Old Trafford and had a scan on Wednesday.
"He will remain with the England set-up and will commence his rehabilitation programme looking ahead to the Australia white-ball series, which starts next month at the Ageas Bowl."