AB de Villiers will not play in the Champions League T20 and could be in doubt for South Africa's tour to Australia in November after he sustained a double injury blow at the World T20.
De Villiers' persistent lower back and left ankle problems have recurred and "need attention because either one could rule him out of the Australia series," according to
Mohammed Moosajee, South African team manager, who is also a medical doctor.
"If we don't manage it properly, he could be out. His back and his ankle are worse than they were previously," Moosajee said. "If it wasn't a World Cup and he wasn't captain of the team, we would probably have made a decision to send him home earlier."
Moosajee confirmed both injuries have come back because of de Villiers' workload and the "volume of cricket we played over the last three and a half months". Despite the diagnosis de Villiers was defiant that he was not being overburdened and would not even mind curtailing his career if it allowed him to continue doing captaining the limited-overs sides, batting in the middle order and taking the gloves.
"I am enjoying the captaincy so much, it's something I wouldn't like to give up," he said. "Batting for the team and taking the gloves for the side, knowing the position I am playing in is better for the side and we can win more games, that gives me a lot of pleasure. If I miss out on a year at the end of my career so be it but we should win games