Worcester: South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the third Test against England after suffering a fractured thumb.
X-rays showed Steyn has injured the base of his left thumb and the 24-year-old is likely to be in a plaster cast for two to three weeks.
South African team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed Steyn will miss the Edgbaston Test, which starts on Wednesday, after having the plaster cast fitted at a hospital in Worcester, where his side are currently playing a tour match against Bangladesh A.
Dr Moosajee said: "His thumb will be in a cast for between two and three weeks and we have given ourselves a window to reassess the injury in two weeks time."
The Proteas, who lead the Test series 1-0 and are likely to turn to Andre Nel for Edgbaston, are still hopeful that Steyn will be fit for the fourth and final Test which starts at The Oval on Aug 7.
Cricket South Africa media officer Michael Owen-Smith told the BBC: "Dale is definitely out of the third Test but has a chance for the fourth."
"The recovery time is between two and three weeks, but bear in mind it's already been nearly a week since he picked up the injury.
"He has definitely got a chance of making the Oval Test on Aug 7, we will just have to wait and see."