Paul Collingwood provides an update to Ollie Robinson after an Englishman suffered back spasms in the West Indies

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Ollie Robinson is a doubt for England’s first Test in the West Indies (Image: Getty)

Paul Collingwood says he hopes Ollie Robinson could play a role in England’s opening Test against the West Indies, despite the pace-bowler suffering a back spasm in the team’s warm-up game.

Robinson appeared to be slightly uneasy when he was pushed off the field at Antigua’s Coolidge Cricket Ground on the third morning, with the 28-year-old clutching his lower back.

The Sussex sailor struggled with back problems over the winter and was questioned after England’s comprehensive loss to Ashes in Australia.

It’s just another unwanted headache for England interim head coach Collingwood, who could be without Mark Wood for the first of this month’s three-game Test series, which begins on Monday.

Wood was due to appear in England’s warm-up game against the CWI President’s XI but was forced to withdraw after falling ill with illness.

When asked for an update on Robinson’s injury after Thursday’s game ended, Collingwood told Sky Sports: “He’s developed a back spasm so it’s not ideal.

“We will evaluate that and know more about it in the next few days and move on from there.”

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Robinson was forced off the field during day three of England’s warm-up game in Antigua (Image: Getty)

Regarding Robinson’s chances of taking part in the first West Indies Test, Collingwood replied: “It’s hard to say at the moment.

“Of course it doesn’t look good when someone walks away like that.

“But these types of back spasms can also heal fairly quickly, as quickly as they come.

“We just have to evaluate it in the next few days.”

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Wood is ill and may miss the first test (Picture: Getty)

Collingwood hit back when it was claimed Robinson’s latest issue could be linked to the fitness concerns that surrounded the Sussex star towards the end of the Ashes.

“No, I think that’s unfair,” he added.

“I think as a bowler you pick up injuries and that’s something that we’re always on top of with Ollie.

‘He knows that, but he’s worked hard.

“He’s worked as hard as everyone else and it’s just unfortunate that something like this is happening.”

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