CHRIS Woakes will be out for at least the next three weeks after having an injection on a "chronic knee problem".

England have unsurprisingly ruled Woakes, and Ben Stokes, out of the remainder of the ODI series against Australia.

After the respective thigh and hamstring tears they suffered against Pakistan at the start of this month, England initially announced they would miss "the first part" of the ongoing five-match series against Australia.

The England and Wales Cricket Board released an update on Monday, ahead of the third fixture at Trent Bridge where England will aim to take an unassailable 3-0 series lead, stating that Stokes' recovery is "progressing well".

He is therefore expected to continue his rehabilitation with the squad during the fourth and fifth ODIs, with a view to being available again in time for the three-match Twenty20 international series against India early next month.

On Stokes, the ECB added: "(His) torn left hamstring is progressing well, at just over two weeks since he sustained the injury in the build-up to the second Test against Pakistan at Emerald Headingley.

"He can bat fully and is now able to run at 90 per cent capacity.

"He will commence his return-to-bowling programme this week.

"The plan is for Ben to continue his rehabilitation programme with the England squad during the fourth and fifth ODIs at Emirates Riverside and Emirates Old Trafford.

"He is expected to be involved in preparation, with a view to being available to play in the IT20s against India starting next month."