London, June 26: England opener Jason Roy is optimistic he will return from a three-game absence to face India in the Cricket World Cup on Sunday (June 30), captain Eoin Morgan has revealed.
A hamstring injury meant Roy was sidelined once again on Tuesday (June 25) when the tournament hosts fell to a 64-run loss to Australia, denting their semi-final aspirations.
Morgan's side have lost two of the three matches Roy has missed, with his deputy James Vince dismissed for a second-ball duck against Australia after scoring a combined 40 in his previous two knocks.
Roy took part in practice on Monday (June 24) and Morgan said the 28-year-old believes he will be ready to take on India at Edgbaston in a match which has suddenly become crucial for their last-four hopes.
"I think with four days of rehabilitation, he's hopeful of being fit," Morgan told Sky Sports.
"But if it's a big risk, we'll play it as it is."
Roy smashed 153 in his last innings against Bangladesh on June 8 but pulled up in the field when chasing a ball in England's clash with West Indies.
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Archer and Stokes take three wickets each to help England to a resounding 106-run win, but this game will most likely be remembered for Jason Roy's special knock of 153. #ENGvBAN SCORECARD 👇 https://t.co/AmBAfhSMi9 pic.twitter.com/2NeBz0d001
Without him, England were bowled out for 212 against Sri Lanka in a 20-run loss at Headingley last Friday, while they were dismissed for 221 when chasing Australia's 285-7 on Tuesday (June 25).
Their explosive batting was considered a large reason why they were made pre-tournament favourites and Morgan insisted it was too simplistic to think Roy's absence was the only reason for their struggles.
"I think our basics get challenged a lot more when we don't play on batter-friendly wickets, when you probably have to rotate the strike a lot more, as opposed to find the boundary more often," he said.