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.