South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs will miss his side's opening match in the Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka after suffering a minor rib and intercostal injury during a warm-up match.
Gibbs retired having made 38 in the Proteas' match against the West Indies on Friday and although he will miss the tournament-opening match at Centurion Park, he is expected to be fit for the rest of the tournament.
“Herschelle suffered a minor rib and intercostal injury in the warm-up match against the West Indies at Potchefstroom on Friday,” physio Brandon Jackson said.
“We will start rehab tomorrow and rest the injury for the next few days. We will re-assess his position after Tuesday’s match with the aim of getting him back on the field either for the New Zealand match on Thursday or the one against England next Sunday.”
Gibbs suffered the injury when he moved quickly to avoid getting hit by the ball after Graeme Smith played a straight drive and he retired soon afterwards.
His side went on to win the match by a comfortable 188 runs and the Sri Lanka game opens the tournament on Tuesday, 22nd September.
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