South Africa have received a potentially serious injury blow after confirming that leg-spinner Imran Tahir has fractured his thumb.
He suffered the undisplaced fracture of his left thumb while taking the catch to dismiss Jonathan Trott during his side's narrow Cricket World Cup defeat to England in Chennai.
"Imran injured himself during the game against England while attempting the caught and bowled, which dismissed Jonathan Trott," Dr. Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa team manager confirmed.
"The X-Ray that was done today revealed a small undisplaced fracture in his left thumb. The images have been sent home to Cricket South Africa's medical committee and we are waiting for the hand specialist, Dr Mike Solomons, to give us an opinion.
"His thumb has been splintered and immobilised and a decision on what happens further will be made in the next two days."
Tahir, who qualified to play for South Africa just weeks before the World Cup got underway, has had a huge impact on the team, taking 11 wickets during his side's matches against the West Indies, the Netherlands and England.
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