Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the England Test series after fracturing a finger, it was announced by Cricket South Africa.
The opening batsman sustained an injury while fielding during the first Test at Centurion. The injury will require at least eight weeks to recover as Markram is likely to go under surgery early next week.
Before this Boxing Day Test, Markram had recovered in time when he lashed out a solid object following his dismissal in the second innings of second Test against India in October. Subsequently, he had to miss the Mzansi Super League.
"Aiden sustained a fracture affecting the distal joint of his left ring finger," CSA's chief medical officer Dr Shuaib Manjra said in a statement.
"After consulting with a number of hand specialists yesterday we arrived at a decision that the best outcome would be achieved through surgical reduction and fixation.
"This would mean him unfortunately missing the rest of the series against England. We feel for Aiden who worked extremely hard to come through his previous hand fracture sustained in India to be Test match ready."