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After being diagnosed with a torn left leg, Jason Roy, England's opener, will not be able to make it to the knockout stage of the T20 World Cup.
Roy, 31 years old, sustained the injury during South Africa's defeat on Saturday in England’s final group match.
England will be facing New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday in the semi-finals. James Vince, a Hampshire batter, has been called up to replace Roy.
"I'm gutted. Roy said, "It is a bitter pill that you have to swallow."
"I will continue to support the boys and I hope we can win that trophy.
"It's been an incredible journey so far. We have to keep expressing ourselves, focusing on ourselves."
After suffering a serious injury, Roy was near tears. After the game, Roy had to be carried off the field by someone else and was on crutches.
On Sunday, he underwent a scan which revealed that he had tore his calf.
The Surrey player scored 123 runs in England's five group matches, including a maximum score of 61 in an 8-wicket thrashing Bangladesh.
Sam Billings is currently in the 15-man squad, but has not yet played in a World Cup game. The option to promote Jonny Bairstow or Dawid Malan, as well as Moeen Ali, could be considered.
Billings, 30 years old, played 32 T20s in England. He scored 417 runs on an average of 16.68 with a high of 87.
Vince was one of the two remaining reserve members in England's squad, along with Liam Dawson, his Hampshire team-mate.
The tournament of pace bowler Tymal Mills was stopped by a strain to his thigh after he played against Sri Lanka. He was replaced by Reece Topley, a fellow left-armer.
Vince holds a record for 340 runs, averaging 28.33 in 12 T20s England. His highest score is 59.
England's next T20 series is in February and January next year. It will feature five matches away against West Indies.
Roy said, "The rehab has already begun."
"Even though my calf has been torn, I am going to do everything I can to be ready for the T20 Caribbean tour at the beginning of next year."