South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the Test series against India due to a persistent injury, announced Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday.
There will be no replacement added to the squad for Nortje.
"He has unfortunately not recovered adequately for the expected Test match bowling loads and is currently consulting with specialists to manage and advise on his recovery," said a CSA statement.
The first Test begins on Sunday at Centurion.
Nortje is well known for his exploits in the Indian Premier League where he plays for Delhi Capitals.
The Capitals have retained Nortje and not compatriot Kagiso Rabada ahead of the IPL mega auction next month. Rabada will be leading the pace attack in the Boxing Day Test.
Nortje has also played 12 ODIs and 16 T20s for South Africa.
With inputs from PTI