Nicky Boje

SOUTH AFRICA'S Nicky Boje will be out for at least four months after breaking a leg while fielding against England. Boje, 30, had a two-and-a-half hour operation in Nottingham to repair a broken left fibula and ruptured ankle ligaments.

He sustained the injury while fielding during the Proteas' four-wicket defeat against England in the triangular ODI series at Edgbaston on July 10.

Boje, a left-arm spinner, was fielding as substitute for Martin van Jaarsveld, when he fell and had to be carried off the field by his team-mates.

"He will be in plaster for two months," South Africa spokesman Gerald de Kock said. "It will be four months at least before he's back."

He added that Boje had one plate and several screws inserted in his fibula, the small bone at the side of the ankle.

South Africa physiotherapist Shane Jabaar, who accompanied Boje to hospital, said of the injury: "It's the worst I've seen."