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Proteas sweating on Steyn

South Africa paceman Dale Steyn is an injury doubt for the Champions Trophy curtain-raiser due to a side strain.

Steyn felt discomfort during the Proteas' warm-up match against Pakistan, where he bowled only five overs, and is now facing a race to be fit for Thursday's tournament opener against India at Cardiff Wales Stadium.

South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "Dale complained of some discomfort during the warm-up match against Pakistan on Monday and, because of the sensitive nature of the affected area, he was subsequently taken for an MRI scan which revealed mild swelling in a left intercostal muscle, in the region of the 11th and 12th rib.

"At this stage we are unable to determine whether he will be available for the first match against India in Cardiff, however, we will be assessing and treating intensively on a daily basis."

All-rounder Robin Peterson has received good news having been struck on the left foot in the same match.

"Robin suffered a hit to his left foot while batting yesterday," said Moosajee.

"He experienced some swelling and was advised not to bowl during the match as a precaution. He has, however, responded well to treatment overnight."

Cricket South Africa also confirmed that Quinton de Kock, who is not in the 15-man squad, will travel with the side during the Champions Trophy as potential back-up for AB de Villiers.

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