South Africa are likely to be without Dale Steyn for the third Test match against India as the pace bowler continues to struggle with a groin injury picked up in the series opener.
Steyn, the world's number-one ranked Test bowler, delivered just 11 overs in the Proteas' 108-run defeat in the first Test, and was subsequently ruled out of the second clash in Bangalore, which was ruined by four days of rain.
And with South Africa looking to square the four-match series when the action resumes in Nagpur on Wednesday, captain Hashim Amla will be without his premier strike bowler.
"Dale Steyn won't probably play in this test match, I don't think his injury has recovered fully," Amla said.
"Not having Dale in the team is a setback because not having the best bowler in the world is never a nice thing.
"But we've got to deal with it and we've got some good reserves. Hopefully, the guys who play will get a chance to stand out."
Steyn took 10 wickets in the match in his last appearance in Nagpur five years ago but with Vernon Philander ruled out of the remainder of the series with an ankle problem, the Proteas' will choose from Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada and Marchant de Lange in selecting their pace attack.