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Stuart Broad set to play fifth Test for wearing a splint

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Stuart Broad could wear a face splint for the fifth Test against India at the Oval starting on Friday, but is expected to be fit say BBC Sport.

The fast bowler broke his nose at Old Trafford after a bouncer from Varun Aaron burst through the gap between the grille and peak of his helmet.

Blood started pouring from the 28-year-old’s face and therefore couldn’t bowl in India’s second innings after being rushed to hospital.

He retired hurt on 12 but that didn’t stop England romping home by a massive winning scoreline of an innings and 54 runs.

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Training

Broad missed England training yesterday which subsequently started rumours that he would miss this forthcoming Test.

However the Nottinghamshire player returned to practice on Thursday and was able to bowl at full pace without any apparent discomfort.

Wearing a different helmet to the one that was partly responsible for his injury, his teammates were not bowling at full pace to him in nets and he was the first player to have a bat.

The Oval

On a notoriously flat wicket, the weather forecast looks wet for the next few days, which could play into England’s hands.

The hosts are 2-1 up in the series and only need a draw to be awarded the victory.

England are not expected to make any changes to a side that has won their last two previous tests, however the form of Sam Robson seems to be the only hinderance.

After the Middlesex opening batsman’s 127 in just his second Test match, he has not passed 60 since then and is under pressure.

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