Batsman Graeme Smith will miss the ICC Champions Trophy taking place in England and Wales next month owing to a left ankle injury, Protea team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed on Thursday.
"Graeme has been troubled by left ankle pain over the last few months and despite extensive treatment and physiotherapy, it has recently deteriorated significantly while playing for Surrey in England," Moosajee said.
"He underwent a rescan of his left ankle in London on Wednesday, and it was determined that since his last scan, the condition has progressed to a stress fracture.
"Surgery will be required, and he has been advised to follow a rest and rehabilitation programme over the next four to six months."
Smith, who will return to South Africa on Thursday for further consultation, daid he was disappointed not to be taking part in next month's tournament.
"It's a big blow for me personally to be missing out on the Champions Trophy next month," Smith said.
"The ODI squad is creating something special and I was looking forward to being part of that family. I will be supporting them from my living room and I know the players, under AB de Villiers' leadership, will be giving all that they can during the tournament."