Shot to the groin rules Phehlukwayo out for up to six weeks

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South Africa international Andile Phehlukwayo has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks after a shot to the groin left him requiring surgery.

Phehlukwayo was bowling his second over of the Dolphins' Ram Slam Twenty20 match against the Warriors on Sunday when he was struck between the legs by a powerful Jon-Jon Smuts drive.

The Dolphins all-rounder immediately left the field and saw a urologist on Monday before going under the knife the following day, ruling him out of the remainder of the tournament.

"As a team we're obviously very concerned for him and just want him to take good care of his body and get better so that he's got a chance to come back and fire for us, for South Africa and continue a great career," Dolphins head coach Grant Morgan said in a statement.

"We obviously weren't happy with our performance against the Warriors on Sunday but Andile was one of our stars in that game; he came in and bust the game open while bowling and hit a great six with the bat and he's a warrior for us.

"From a team point of view, we've dedicated our game tonight [Wednesday] against the Lions to him and our attitude is for him and he must be happy with what he sees while watching on television."

Phehlukwayo made his one-day international debut for South Africa against Ireland in September and featured in all five matches in the whitewash of Australia.