South Africa fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe will undergo surgery on an ankle injury and is likely to miss July's tour to Sri Lanka.
The 30-year-old, who has been criticised by the South African management for his lack of fitness, has been struggling with the injury for some time.
He will undergo the operation next week and is expected to be out for between two and three months.
"Lonwabo has been suffering from this ankle problem for the last year and a half, and this is the first gap we have had which minimises his time out of the game," team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement on Cricket South Africa's official website.
"It's a fairly common injury among fast bowlers."
Tsotsobe made the last of his five test appearances against India in 2011 but is a regular in the South African one-day international and Twenty20 squads.