England seamer Mahmood facing lengthy absence with lumbar stress fracture
England seamer Saqib Mahmood will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a lumbar stress fracture.
The 25-year-old was handed a Test debut against West Indies in March and impressed in his two matches in the Caribbean, taking six wickets.
Mahmood has only made one appearance since that tour for Lancashire against Gloucestershire in the County Championship last month.
He now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines at the start of a new era for England following the appointments of head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement: "After being diagnosed with a lumbar stress fracture, England and Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
"Mahmood was unavailable for Lancashire's last Championship fixture [against Yorkshire] due to low back pain, and scans have revealed that he has a lumbar stress fracture and will miss the remainder of the 2022 English summer.
"No timeframe has been set for his return. His ongoing rehabilitation will be co-managed between Lancashire and England medical teams."
Mahmood has also made his mark for his country in white-ball cricket, playing in 12 Twenty20 Internationals and seven ODIs.
England start a three-match Test series against New Zealand at Lord's on June 2.