Ireland have injury worries over influential pair Paul Stirling and Mark Adair ahead of their three-match ODI series against England next week.

Both missed the intra-squad match on Tuesday and Head Coach Graham Ford that there are concerns over both, with Adair in particular facing a race against time.

“There are some concerns about the pair," Ford told the media in a virtual press conference. 

"Paul not playing on Tuesday was more of a precautionary move as he has a bit of a calf niggle. He has history of a calf issue.

(Paul Stirling)

"During the first training/fitness session he aggravated that calf a little bit so we kept him out of the action a little bit. He has done a lot of work in the indoor centre hitting a lot of balls but no real running about. We felt it would have been silly of us to put him out in that game.

"He is making good progress, even though yesterday was a recovery day he had a net session so we are very hopeful he will be fine going forwards.

"Mark Adair is more of a mystery," Ford revealed.

"He had surgery on his ankle which we hoped that was going to see him ready to fire on all cylinders.

"He is still experiencing some discomfort, not being able to bowl with full intensity.

(Mark Adair)

"We are very fortunate to have our team doctor here who performed the surgery on him here, so he is handling him trying to get him back to operating at full intensity so it’s something we will have to take one day at a time."

Ireland play England Lions on Sunday (2pm), after which they will reduce the travelling squad of 22 down to 14, ahead of the first ODI on Thursday (2pm).