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Dale Steyn's injury dents South Africa

An injury to pacer Dale Steyn was the last thing South Africa needed after conceding an 89 run lead to England in the first test at Durban. Steyn trudged off the field after just bowling 3.5 overs in the second innings and looked in serious discomfort. However, South Africa’s team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee hinted that Steyn could bowl on the fourth morning. “Dale experienced some discomfort in his right shoulder after the first day’s play,” said Moosajee. 

“A lot was probably because of the long lay-off he had coupled with the fact there was a great bowling load on the first day. “He woke up sore and during the second innings today he found the pain and discomfort become increasingly troublesome.” “We took him for a precautionary scan which at the time was inconclusive. There were no tears to any of the muscles or tendons or ligaments so we are treating it as a shoulder spasm or stiffness at the moment. “We are hoping he wakes up tomorrow morning and we will probably trial his bowling in the warm-up,” Moosajee added. Moosajee also admitted that a final call will be taken on Steyn’s fitness after the game. “If he gets through that we will probably allow him to bowl tomorrow. Further assessment will be made after the Test match.”

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