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Moeen Ali at the England Camp.

England receive yet another major setback ahead of Ashes series

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With the Ashes series on the horizon, England are facing yet another major setback following on from the saga involving Ben Stokes.

Moeen Ali has complained of a sore left side, meaning a scan is imminent to assess the problem, leaving his status for the first Test in a few week's time unknown.

The news of the injury to Ali has come just as Steven Finn has gone in for a scan as well, meaning Joe Root could have two selection headaches already.

The England bowler hit his knee whilst batting in the nets, and like Ali, could be a big doubt for the opening Test.

With the opening warm up game on Saturday, it is certain these two key players will sit out in order to rest the injuries, hopefully stepping out for the second warm up match in Adelaide starting on November 8.

Both players would have liked to have been involved with a tough first warm up match against a raw Western Australia XI, captained by fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, but it will come too soon as they await the scan results.

England have already been dealt a huge blow with the loss of Ben Stokes, who is currently under police investigation and suspended by the ECB.

Stokes was involved in an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol following an England game earlier this summer.

England Nets Session

He hasn't travelled to Australia, and it's looking more and more likely that he'll miss the tour altogether.

Losing Moeen Ali on top of this will be costly to England's campaign, with him being their premier spinner as well as an important batsman. 

There is hope in the England camp that Moeen Ali will make a full recovery ahead of the first Test of the series, but the signs do not look as promising for Finn, who appeared to be in a lot of pain after his injury in the nets.

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Australia cricket
The Ashes
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Steven Finn
England cricket

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