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South Africa pace bowler Lungi Ngidi will be sidelined for at least three months after injuring his knee during the one-off Twenty20 International against Australia in Carrara.
Ngidi’s injury means he will miss the remainder of the inaugural Mzansi Super League, where he was supposed to represent the Tshwane Spartans, and South Africa’s home series against Pakistan.
“Lungi fell awkwardly while fielding during the T20I against Australia last Sunday,” South Africa’s team manager Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “He underwent investigations and further assessments with knee specialists upon his return to South Africa, which revealed a significant ligament injury to the right knee.
“Due to the significant nature of the injury, he will require a minimum of 12 weeks of rest and rehabilitation to make a successful return to play.”
Ngidi could be fit in time for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in March, but those will be last matches South Africa play prior to the opening game of the 2019 World Cup, where they take on hosts England at The Oval on May 30.