South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will miss six weeks of action after sustaining a lower back injury during the recently concluded third One-Day International against Bangladesh at Buffalo Park.
Du Plessis, who also won the man of the match for his performance was carried off the field after scoring 91 runs off just 67 deliveries that was the cornerstone of South Africa's total of 369 runs.
The 33-year-old did not come to field in the second innings as AB de Villiers stepped in as the acting captain.
South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said they are expecting du Plessis to be fit in time for the inaugural four-day Test against Zimbabwe that begins on 26th December.
"Faf consulted with our team of specialists in Cape Town on Monday. Further investigations and assessment have confirmed an acute lumbar disc injury," Moosajee said in a statement.
"He will require a period of rest and rehabilitation for the next six weeks. We anticipate him to be ready for the test match against Zimbabwe in December."
Meanwhile, JP Duminy has been announced as the captain of the South Africa for the upcoming two match Twenty20 International series against Bangladesh that begins on Thursday.
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