Proteas captain Faf du Plessis will be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering a lumbar disc injury in the third ODI against Bangladesh on Sunday.
The injury forced the captain to retire hurt with 10 overs of the innings still remaining in a game South Africa eventually went on to win by 200 runs.
Hospital bed it is for me tonight ☹️ .thanx everyone for the messages.im in a bit of pain but hopefully not to serious.🙏— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) 22 October 2017
On Tuesday, a Cricket South Africa statement confirmed that the captain will be out for up to six weeks.
Faf du Plessis : Lumbar Strain
According to South Africa’s team manager, Dr. Mohammed Moosajee: 'Faf sustained an acute left lumbar (lower-back) strain while batting and immediately left the field in extreme discomfort.
'He will return back to Cape Town overnight for investigation and further management. He has been withdrawn from the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh starting in Bloemfontein on Thursday,' said Moosajee.
Du Plessis to be fit for Boxing Day Test
Cricket South Africa confirmed that Faf is expected to be fit for the four-day Test against Zimbabwe which starts on Boxing Day (December 26) in Port Elizabeth.
However, the 33-year-old batsman has been withdrawn from South Africa’s T20I series against Bangladesh starting on October 26, being this the only international action that the captain will miss.
JP Duminy will be the captain for this series, while Dwaine Pretorius will be Faf’s replacement in the three games.