Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of the upcoming Boxing Day Test against England with a Grade 1 hip flexor muscle strain.
Bavuma will remain a part of the South Africa squad and will train with them with the aim of recovering within ten days.
His replacement is likely to be announced after the conclusion of the South Africa A and CSA four-day franchise matches, which are scheduled to be played over the weekend.
“Temba Bavuma presented with clinical features of a left hip flexor strain. A scan done yesterday confirmed a Grade 1 strain of one of the hip flexor muscles, Cricket South Africa Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra confirmed the injury.
"Temba will commence his rehabilitation program with a goal of returning to play in 7 to 10 days’ time.”
England are scheduled to play four Tests in South Africa before contesting white-ball games.