Foot scan rules Gough out of Test

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Darren Gough's series against the West Indies appears to be over after a scan of his left foot revealed more problems. The Yorkshire fast bowler, who was forced to withdraw from last winter's Ashes tour after suffering a stress fracture of his left foot, rushed to Leeds on Thursday for a scan after being left out of the current Test at Old Trafford.

"The scan revealed some inflammation in two joints and a stress reaction in the fourth bone," Wayne Morton, the Yorkshire physiotherapist, said. Morton added that Gough will be miss at least two Championship games.

That absence certainly rules him out of the fifth Test at Trent Bridge on 10 August and he is unlikely to be fit for The Oval two weeks later.

"Obviously it's disappointing for us and Darren," Raymond Illingworth, the England chairman of selectors, said last night. "But he is now in Yorkshire's hands and it is up to them to deal with him."