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Curran complained of back pain after Chennai Super Kings’ Indian Premier League fixture on Saturday against Rajasthan Royals and a scan later revealed the injury.
He will fly back to the UK in the next couple of days and will have further scans before the England and Wales Cricket Board’s medical team review the injury later this week.
Curran’s brother, Tom, has been drafted into England’s squad for the T20 World Cup, while the duo’s Surrey teammate Reece Topley has been added as a travelling reserve.
They will head to their tournament base in Dubai next Saturday before starting their campaign on 23 October against the West Indies.
England, who also share a group with Australia, South Africa and two first-round qualifiers, will play warm-up matches against India, on 18 October, and New Zealand two days later.
The England players and management not at the IPL arrived at their Muscat base earlier on Tuesday and will remain in Oman until 16 October after completing a mandatory quarantine period.
England T20 World Cup squad: E Morgan (c), M Ali, J Bairstow, S Billings, J Buttler, T Curran, C Jordan, L Livingstone, D Malan, T Mills, A Rashid, J Roy, D Willey, C Woakes, M Wood.
Reserves: R Topley, L Dawson, J Vince.