A final decision on the fitness of explosive batsman Loots Bosman will be taken on Monday, a week before the start of the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup.
Bosman was injured when he crashed into perimeter advertising hoardings at the Harare Sports Club last week during a one-day international against Zimbabwe. He is reported to have a prolapsed disc in his spine.
"The latest verbal assessment we have of his condition is not encouraging," said Proteas coach Mickey Arthur. "We are still waiting for a written report, but we will not make a final decision before Monday."
Earlier in the week, Arthur said that unless Bosman was fit enough to play in the first warm-up match next Saturday (September 8), he would have to be replaced.
"There’s no sense in going into a two-week tournament with an injured player," said Arthur.
He said no-one had been called up to cover for Bosman yet.
"We have a few ideas," he said. "We - convenor of selectors Joubert Strydom, captain Graeme Smith and I - did discuss possible replacements at our meeting last night."
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