Steyn backed to return after shoulder surgery

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Dale Steyn will be unable to bowl for at least six months after undergoing shoulder surgery this week but the South Africa paceman is expected to return to the international stage.

The Proteas quick suffered a fracture to his right shoulder on day two of the first Test against Australia at the WACA this month, cutting short his participation in the tour soon after it started.

Steyn, who damaged the same shoulder in the first Test against England last December, flew home and faces another lengthy spell out of action after going under the knife.

South Africa team manager and chief medical officer Dr Mohammed Moosajee said the experienced strike bowler, who turns 34 next June, should make a full recovery.

"Dale had successful surgery on Thursday where the fracture in the right shoulder blade was fixated with the placement of a screw," Moosajee said.

"We expect a minimum six-month rehabilitation period before he can start any form of bowling. 

"It is crucial to give the injury enough time to heal and to make sure that he is completely pain-free before he starts bowling again. 

"He will begin with his rehabilitation programme once the satisfactory bony healing has taken place; this is expected to be in a few weeks. 

"We are positive that he will make a successful return to international cricket. 

"He will be provided with the best possible support and guidance led by our physiotherapist, Brandon Jackson, and Cricket South Africa's medical committee, which will give him the best opportunity to make a successful return to full fitness."