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Shoulder fracture sidelines Steyn for long

PERTH: South African pacer Dale Steyn has been ruled out of Test series in Australia and could be out of the game for six months with a fractured right shoulder.

He did damage to the shoulder, which he had broken last season, while bowling on the second morning of the first Test in Perth.

As per ESPNcricinfo report, Steyn will return to South Africa after the WACA Test to see a shoulder specialist and it is “highly likely” according to South African team manager Mohammed Moosajee, who is also a medical doctor, that he will require surgery.

Should that be the case, the recovery period could extend up to six months. Steyn is five wickets away from overtaking Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s leading Test wicket-taker.

“He is extremely disappointed at the moment but knowing Dale, he will come back stronger,” Moosajee said. “We need to to give him the best opportunity to recover because South Africa and the world wants to see Dale Steyn play again.”

Steyn complained of discomfort in the first session and went down after delivering the fourth ball in his 13th over – his seventh of the day – after picking up the first wicket of the morning. “He heard something thud or pop when it happened,” Moosajee said.