Duanne Olivier has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against England.
The Proteas fast bowler suffered a grade 2 right hip flexor muscle tear during the four-day tour match against England Lions in Canterbury.
“Duanne presented with significant discomfort involving his right hip flexor muscle at the close of play on day three of the four-day tour match,” said Proteas team doctor Hashendra Ramjee.
“After clinical assessment, he was referred for an MRI scan which revealed a grade 2 tear involving the right pectineus muscle.
“Due to the extent of the injury, he has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against England and will return home where he will commence his rehabilitation with the Central Gauteng Lions medical team.”
No replacement has been named.
The first Test at Lord’s starts on Wednesday.