England women's news May 4, 2017

Knight injury hits Women's World Cup preparations

ESPNcricinfo staff

Heather Knight has led England to four series wins from four since being appointed captain © Getty Images

England have suffered a blow ahead of the Women's World Cup with the news that their captain, Heather Knight, has suffered a stress fracture in her left foot and is expected to be out for five-to-six weeks.

Knight should be fit to return for the tournament, which starts in seven weeks' time on June 24 with England against India, but the injury could hamper her preparations. She will wear a protective boot for the first stage of her recovery, before returning to light training, with a goal of being ready for England's World Cup warm-up match against Sri Lanka on June 19.

England have been focused on this tournament since Knight was appointed as Charlotte Edwards' replacement at the start of last summer. Speaking at the unveiling of England's new kits on Tuesday, she was excited about the challenge of trying to win a global tournament for the first time since the 2009 Women's World T20.

'It's been a long time coming, but it's going to come round pretty quick now, and what a summer it's hopefully going to be,' Knight said. 'There's nothing better than a home World Cup and being able to captain in it, so as a team we are pretty excited.'

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