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Injury worries for Proteas

The Proteas have a long injury list ahead of the Test series against Australia next month.

Proteas stars Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel are slowly making their way back from injury. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - A long injury list featuring AB de Villiers, Faf Du Plessis, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Graeme Smith is giving Cricket South Africa some selection headaches ahead of next month's highly anticipated Australia series.

The injured players are in various stages of recovery, but team manager and doctor Mohammad Moosajee is hopeful they all be fit and ready to play when the first Test against Australia starts at Supersport Park on 12 February.

"Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander had slight niggles after the India tour, but I'm happy to report that Morne has recovered fully from his left ankle sprain. Vernon felt some tightness in his lower back during a Ram Slam match for the Cobras, but that has been resolved and he's playing and training unrestricted at the moment.

"Dale Steyn's rib fracture is almost symptom free after his four-week rest from bowling. He's been on a core and trunk rehab programme for the past eight days, and he's started bowling again this week. He'll be increasing to full intensity training and bowling next week.

"Graeme Smith's left ankle flared up during a Ram Slam match for the Cobras. But it settled over the past few days and he's back in full training."