ICC World Cup 2019: Kagiso Rabada's rehab managed carefully, says South Africa team doctor

The fast bowler is expected to be fit in time for the World Cup opener.

Kagiso Rabada suffered a back injury during his IPL 2019 sojourn with Delhi Capitals. Photo: AFP

Cricket South Africa (CSA) is managing the rehab of Kagiso Rabada, the fast bowler, carefully so he can be fully fit ahead of Proteas' first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, team doctor Mohammed Moosajee has said.

“With [Rabada]‚ we are extra cautious because of two reasons. He had a back issue that kept him out of the game for a protracted amount of time. Secondly‚ there’s his importance in the squad‚ so we’re managing his rehab and his return to play very carefully,” Moosajee was quoted as saying by CSA.

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Moosajee was hopeful Rabada's recovery will be well in time for the World Cup opener. “The anticipated recovery period for [Rabada’s] injury is two to three weeks and we are hopeful he’ll make a full recovery to be part of the World Cup squad.”

He added: “The selectors have ensured they have enough options on the table but there are some players that have been earmarked as standby players.”

Rabada had suffered a back injury during his IPL 2019 sojourn with Delhi Capitals.

Lungi Ngidi and Dale Steyn — two other Proteas pacers — are also suffering from injuries. They are both likely to be fit in time for the World Cup.