South Africa dealing with injury concerns ahead of ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match against India

Dale Steyn has been diagnosed with a left side strain © Getty Images

Cardiff: Jun 4, 2013

Two days ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 opener against India, South Africa were dealing with injury concerns with pace spearhead Dale Steyn nursing a side strain and Robin Peterson taking a hit on his foot while batting.

Steyn has been diagnosed with a left side strain after bowling five overs during the side’s six-wicket defeat to Pakistan in a warm-up game and scans confirmed the strain.

Peterson could not bowl in the match after he was hit on the foot while batting. He appears likely to recover in time for Thursday’s match.

South Africa have added Quinton de Kock to their group as an unofficial member as Steyn and Peterson picked up injuries.

De Kock has been added to the group as cover for captain and wicketkeeper AB de Villiers.

In case de Villiers is not fit for the opening match, Faf du Plessis is likely to lead the side.

“Dale complained of some discomfort during the warm-up match against Pakistan on Monday and because of the sensitive nature of the affected area he was subsequently taken for an MRI scan which revealed mild swelling in a left intercostal muscle, in the region of the 11th and 12th rib,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee explained.

“At this stage we are unable to determine whether he will be available for the first match against India in Cardiff, however, we will be assessing and treating intensively on a daily basis,” he added.