South Africa captain AB de Villiers has all but confirmed Dale Steyn will miss tomorrow's Champions Trophy match against Pakistan.
The Proteas have already sent Morne Morkel home injured from the competition and were unable to call on Steyn for their opening defeat to India on Thursday due to a side strain.
De Villiers stopped just short of ruling out the much-feared paceman for the follow-up match at Edgbaston but gave little chance of a recovery.
"The final decision hasn't been made yet, but it's not looking good," he said.
"Chances are that he'll only be ready for the last game. We're still hanging on to that last little bit of hope that he could wake up tomorrow morning and do a bit of a fitness test and look good for the game, but it's not looking good at all."