South Africa will go into the five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka without Lungi Ngidi after he sustained an abdominal injury while fielding during the third T20I.
"Lungi landed awkwardly on his left hip while fielding during the third T20 international against Sri Lanka on Tuesday," South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said. "Subsequent scans confirmed an abdominal muscle wall tear which will rule him out for three to four weeks.
"It is a sensitive injury because the abdominal wall is highly loaded during the fast-bowling action so full recovery is important before he can resume bowling at 100% match intensity."
The 20-year-old was brought into the side after Kyle Abbott signed a Kolpak deal earlier this year.
With Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel out of the contention due to injuries, Ngidi was deemed as a vital cog for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.