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AB will be fit for Australia

The Proteas are confident that their injured players will be fit for the series against Australia.

The Proteas are confident that their injured players will be fit for the series against Australia. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee is confident that AB de Villiers will be fit by the end of the month following surgery on his hand.

De Villiers fractured his hand while playing in the IPL in 2011, and had a plate inserted to fix the problem.

Moosajee says the second operation was just about removing the plate, and speaking to SportsTalk last night, he was confident the ODI captain will be fit in time for the Australia series.

"We were looking for a window period of three to four weeks where we could have the procedure done. I'm happy to say that we got it done on Friday. The operation was a success, and he's going to start light rehabilitation work from tomorrow. We're confident that he will be fully recovered and ready to play by the end of the month."

Moosajee says the players who will be involved in the Test against Australia will be given a few weeks off after the conclusion of the Ram Slam T20.

That will give a few players enough time to recover from niggling injuries.

Faf Du Plessis is currently struggling with a shoulder problem and has been given a week's rest.

Moosajee says Vernon Philander and Morné Morkel are carrying slight injuries.

"Vernon Philander had a bit of a tight hamstring, so he's been rested ahead of the Ram Slam. He's only going to start playing around the middle of this month. Morné Morkel is in the second week of his ankle rehabilitation program, so he will probably only start playing for the Titans around the 15 of February."