England will discover some time in the next 24 hours what part, if any, injured captain Michael Vaughan has to play on their tour of Pakistan.
Vaughan, who was present to watch his team slide to a sixwicket defeat against Pakistan A at Bagh-e-Jinnah yesterday, has been waiting more than a day for the results of scans.
On Monday he was forced to retire hurt with a twisted knee in this second tour match and final warm-up fixture before the first Test in Multan starts on Saturday.
At stumps, despite a humbling setback for England's Ashes heroes - completed by the hosts with more than a session to spare - coach Duncan Fletcher was rightly still most concerned with the more serious issue of his captain's well-being.
Fletcher said: "The scans were sent across this morning by email.
"The medical staff in England are analysing them and will probably come back some time tonight when we might have an answer but I can't guarantee that.
"We would like an answer by tonight and there is a chance that we will get it."
England doctor Peter Gregory confirmed on Monday that Vaughan's chances of being fit in time for Saturday were already slim, and if the scans - which are being compared with those depicting the captain's previous history of knee injuries - reveal he has torn cartilage, it is almost certain he would need an operation and miss the remainder of this tour.
Whether the verdict comes overnight or some time today, England have already been considering which player they could bring in as a replacement for Vaughan should he miss the first Test or even be forced out of the whole of the threematch series.
Fletcher said: "Michael and I discussed that and have put one phone call in. Those discussions will continue over the next 24 hours as well."
That one telephone call garnered the fact that Owais Shah is out after having his own knee operation.
The Middlesex batsman would have been the probable first choice to bolster a middle order which the out-of-form Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell, inexperienced Edgbaston all-rounder Alex Loudon or wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Prior could be called into. Robert Key might also have fitted the bill but is just about to have an operation.
Fletcher said: "We were quite keen on Owais Shah, but he has had a knee op.
"They did not think it was too serious but when they had a bit closer look after opening it up, it was a lot more serious,so he's out for some time.
"Robert Key has gone in for a shoulder operation, so he's been ruled out. Those were the two most obvious replacements."
Vaughan's diagnosis and prognosis is complicated by previous problems of a similar nature in the same knee.
He had surgery on it in 2002 and missed the first Test against New Zealand last year after a minor recurrence in the Lord's nets.
Fletcher said: "This time the medical staff - quite rightly - are careful to give a prediction. Let's just wait until we get the news from the UK some time this evening or early tomorrow morning."
England were brushed aside by Pakistan A who motored on from an overnight 31 for one to score the 245 they needed, captain Hasan Raza leading the charge with an unbeaten 71 to put himself in the frame to resume his Test career.
Opener Imran Farhat and nightwatchman Shahid Nazir tucked in with apparent impunity as Matthew Hoggard conceded 18 runs in two overs before being replaced by Andrew Flintoff. Runs came freely at the other end, too, off Stephen Harmison and then Ashley Giles' spin.
Farhat retired hurt with an apparent hand injury before returning,. while Nazir burgled 43 runs off 31 balls with three fours and two sixes before being yorked aiming to drive Flintoff.
Flintoff's outstanding, onehanded return catch saw off Faisal Athar cheaply.
Otherwise, though, nothing England's replacement captain Marcus Trescothick tried managed to stem the flow as Raza batted fluently for a 62-ball half-century. His fourthwicket stand of 129 with Shahid Yousuf (57) hastened the home victory. Flintoff belatedly dismissed Shahid leg before with a slower yorker.
Raza said: "We have a lot of confidence and with Shabbir Ahmed, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan - and especially Danish Kaneria - we believe we can beat England."