Samuels` injury may force him to miss ODI series against Australia

Sydney: All rounder Marlon Samuels, who suffered a severe eye socket injury after edging a ball from pace man Lasith Malinga through the grill of his helmet into his face on Sunday during the Big Bash League`s Melbourne derby, is highly unlikely to play in the West Indies` one-day series against Australia next month.

It`s understood he will miss the remainder of the Melbourne Renegades` Big Bash campaign and has been told he cannot fly for a month, the Age reports.

The West Indies` five-match one-day series begins in Perth on February 1, placing the all-rounder in doubt for the whole Australian summer.

Samuels has been warned that he should stay still for fear of bursting a blood vessel, but the full extent of his injury still has not been determined because of the swelling, the paper said.

Whether or not the eye socket is fractured, Samuels is in a bad way and faces two disciplinary charges for his part in the feud that broke out during the Melbourne BBL derby, during which he grabbed Stars batsman David Hussey to block him from taking a second run and threw his bat after being struck on the body by a throw from Shane Warne, the paper further reported.

Samuels has been charged with engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player, and unbecoming behaviour.