England opener Haseeb Hameed will miss the remaining two Tests of the tour of India with a hand injury.
The 19-year-old was struck on the left hand by India pace bowler Umesh Yadav on the first morning of the third Test, which England lost by eight wickets.
He did not field in the rest of the Test, but batted at number eight in the second innings and made 59 not out.
England are yet to announce an addition to the squad, with the fourth Test starting on 8 December.
Hameed was seen in the nets on Monday, but did not emerge to open the batting in the second innings and England refused to make a comment on the extent of the injury or if he would bat.
When he did appear at number eight, he was unable to grip the bat with his left little finger.
“It’s devastating for him,” said England captain Alastair Cook. “He’ll come back again. To change his grip so he doesn’t use that part of his hand shows how good he is.
“We knew pretty much straightaway what the injury was, but we weren’t going to tell India it was a broken hand.”
England did not confirm Hameed’s departure until the conclusion of the Test, with coach Trevor Bayliss revealing the teenager wanted to remain and play through the injury.
“We knew it was sore; he knew it was sore,” added Cook. “He wanted to bat – he’s desperate. You can’t hold guys back like that.”
Lancashire’s Hameed became only the second teenager to make a Test debut for England since 1949 when he played in the first Test in Rajkot.
He marked the occasion with 82 in the second innings and his effort in the third Test made him the first England batsman to make two fifties before the age of 20.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan told Test Match Special: “He showed a huge amount of courage. He’ll be around the England side next summer.
“I would think as soon as he’s fit and raring to go, he’ll be back in the team.”
Ben Duckett opened the batting for England during the 1-1 series draw in Bangladesh, but made only 18 runs in three innings in India.
Gary Ballance, the other batsman in England’s squad, is also out of form, so the tourists are likely to call on a player from the Lions squad, with Durham’s Keaton Jennings and Middlesex’s Nick Gubbins the most likely candidates.
“I haven’t seen any of those,” said Bayliss. “I’ll be relying on the other selectors there.
“Hopefully we can come up with a name in the next 24 hours. The replacement will be a top-order player.”
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