JACK Leach is a doubt for England's international fixtures this summer due to health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, it has been reported.

The Somerset spinner takes immunosuppressant medication to manage his inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's, but that medication weakens a person's immune system.

"People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection" are deemed to be 'clinically extremely vulnerable' by the government.

The latest government guidance on elite athletes' return to training says: "Athletes or staff deemed ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should continue to follow government advice.

"This currently includes maintaining ‘shielding’ and therefore, should not return to organised training outside of the home."

In its guidance for sports and clubs, the government advice is for sports to prepare a risk assessment and risk mitigation plan.

This should include "Agreeing a clear position on how athletes and staff who are deemed vulnerable or are in a household with vulnerable individuals interact with the training environment, which must be in line with government advice on clinically vulnerable individuals.

"Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals or those continuing to live with anyone deemed clinically extremely vulnerable should not be engaged in the training environment in line with current government advice."

Leach has endured rotten luck with illness while on tour with England in the last six months, contracting sepsis following a poisoning in New Zealand, and then picking up the bug which swept through the England camp in South Africa - causing him to return home early.

England's planned summer Test series against West Indies and Pakistan are expected to involve the squads staying in on-site hotels at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, in order to create a 'bio-secure environment'.