In what could turn out to be a possible embarrassment for the English Cricket Board (ECB) ahead of their World Cup campaign, Eoin Morgan has revealed that the injury which forced him out of the mega-event was not as serious as first thought.
The middle-order batsman with an average of slightly over 38, used 'Twitter' to express his joy over a possible early come back to the top level cricket after being ruled out with a broken finger during the recently concluded one-day series against Australia.
Morgan wrote, "Some good news this morning. No need for an op on my finger. Pretty much healed. Will be back sooner than expected."
The 24-year-old southpaw was informed on February 7 that he would require a surgery to treat his fractured finger and was told to expect a six-week lay-off. Morgan was later replaced by Ravi Bopara, putting an end to his debut World Cup bid.
A friend of Morgan said, "It's a bit annoying for him. He should have come back home as soon as he picked up the injury. That delay has cost him. If the World Cup final was tomorrow, I reckon he'd be able to play."
The ECB, however, reiterated the medical staff agreed to monitor the middle finger of Morgan's left hand after the player insisted he had only bruised it in Adelaide before playing ODIs in Brisbane and Sydney.
The board also insisted that Morgan would still need a few more weeks to recuperate and negated any chance of his early comeback.
England's build up to the quadrennial event has been marred with the long list of injuries, which saw the teams premier spinner Graeme Swann and pace duo of Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad being forced to cut short their campaign against the Aussies, while fit-again Stuart Broad has not played since the second Ashes Test.
To add to the English woes, reliable but out of form Paul Collingwood is also nursing an injury ahead of the mega-event.