Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie's toe injury isn't as bad as feared, suffering bruising rather than a fracture to his toes.

He suffered a blow to his foot in Sunday's loss to the UAE, which forced him to retire hurt.

"An X-ray last night has ruled out any fracture in Andrew’s toes, and confirmed that the issue is more from bruising and swelling - which is what we were hoping to hear," said Mark Rausa.

"We have started intensive treatment to bring this down to a level that will make Andrew comfortable to enough to take the field in the coming days.

Andrew Balbirnie

"It’s currently too early to confirm if Andrew will be ready for tomorrow’s warm-up game, but we hope that recovery will be swift now that we know we are not dealing with any bone injuries."

Meanwhile there has been changes to the start times of Ireland's two warm-up games this week ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Ireland will take on Papua New Guinea in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday starting at 6pm local time/3pm Ireland, while Thursday's clash with Bangladesh at the same venue gets underway at 10am local/7am Ireland.

Ireland's games in Round One start on Monday 18th against The Netherlands, followed by Sri Lanka on Wednesday 20th, and Friday 22nd.