Chris Tremlett doubtful for second Test

England fast bowler Chris Tremlett is likely to miss the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi because of a back injury.

Captain Andrew Strauss admitted the fast bowler has again succumbed to soreness and stiffness in his back and side.

“He had a sore back and side yesterday, and he’s going to have to bowl today before we know whether he’s fit or not”, said Strauss.

“It’s a little bit up in the air at the moment. We’ll obviously know more after practice today.”

England have not sent Tremlett for a scan, however.

“No, it’s not one of those ones,” added Strauss.

“But there’s some general stiffness and soreness, so it’s a case of whether that loosens up or continues. We’ll probably only know that after practice.”

The same injury kept him out of England contention for nearly six months after a hamstring injury led to a back problem on the eve of last summer’s Trent Bridge Test against India.

England trail 1-0 after their batting failed twice in the opening Test in Dubai.

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