Kagiso Rabada set to be fit for Cricket World Cup 2019

Kagiso Rabada is expected to be fully fit in two to three weeks, so should be available for the Cricket World Cup opener on May 30.

Kagiso Rabada developed a "lumbar muscle strain" playing the IPL.   -  Getty Images

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada is expected to be fit for the start of the Cricket World Cup.

The 23-year-old suffered a back injury while playing for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, cutting short his participation in the competition. However, Rabada — the leading wicket-taker in this year's IPL so far — is expected to recover in time to face host England in the first game of the World Cup on May 30.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "Kagiso Rabada developed a significant lower back injury, what we call a lumbar muscle strain, with associated muscle spasm while playing in this year's IPL.

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"Thankfully, investigations revealed that there was no bony pathology. The expected recovery is two to three weeks, and we are confident he will make a full recovery to be part of the World Cup squad."

South Africa has lost one fast bowler for the 50-over tournament, with Anrich Nortje replaced by Chris Morris on Tuesday due to a hand injury.

The Proteas also have concerns over Dale Steyn (shoulder) and Lungi Ngidi (side strain), so news that Rabada is not seriously injured will come as a huge relief.