Injured Roach Out of Tour

  • Last Updated: May 31 2012, 0:41 BST

West Indies paceman Kemar Roach will miss the remainder of the tour of England due to a shin injury.

Kemar Roach: Will return home

The West Indies Cricket Board confirmed that 23-year-old Roach has left the squad to return home, with coach Ottis Gibson "gutted" to lose a key member of the bowling attack.

Roach played in the opening two Tests of the three-match series as England established an unassailable 2-0 lead.

A WICB statement announced: "Roach has been sidelined with shin muscle soreness and will return home to Barbados to allow this to heal before starting a bowling programme again."

Team physiotherapist CJ Clark said: "Kemar has been carrying this soreness for the last two matches, and in view of our upcoming schedule, we would like him to have the time to recover and prevent the onset of more serious injury.

"It is always important to balance workload with the body's ability to repair, and I think it judicious to protect Kemar at this time."

West Indies face one further Test, starting on June 7 at Edgbaston, tour matches against Leicestershire and Middlesex, three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international on their tour.

They could call in a replacement for Roach but have yet to decide whether to reinforce the squad.

Coach Gibson said: "We still have an awful lot of cricket to play this year and we did not want to risk losing as valuable a player as Kemar for a long period.

"He has been outstanding with the ball for us so far this year and we are all gutted by his departure.

"Kemar made a lot of improvements, after enduring a tough time last year, and gave us some world-class performances during the series against Australia and here in England."

Roach took eight wickets at 34.25 in the Tests against England, and Tino Best and Fidel Edwards are vying for his place.

Gibson added on www.windiescricket.com: "We believe that a very excited Tino and a fit-again Fidel will be able to provide us with the spark that we will miss from Roach's absence.

"We still have an awful lot for which to play in the final Test, and Tino and Fidel can give us the cutting edge to our bowling if they play."