South African hoped that AB de Villiers will make his long-awaited comeback for the national side in the Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka later this month.
After recovering from the injury, the South African captain along with the fast bowler Morne Morkel, who has also been sidelined due to the injury, is expected to return to the team.
De Villiers had injured his elbow while playing for the Barbados Tridents during the Caribbean Premier League 2016 since then he has not played any game. The injury called for a surgery, which had forced him to stay away from the Test assignments against New Zealand, Australia, and Sri Lanka and ODI series against Ireland and Australia.
After June 2016, Morne Morkel had been ruled out ruled of all coursework and now will join his compatriot and will be part of the Northern side in preparation for their return.
Russell Domingo, the South African Head Coach told a media conference, "AB and Morne Morkel are going to be playing a game on the 22nd for the Northern amateur team. It is a one-day game. We will announce a T20 squad for the first two T20 games, hopefully, that game goes well for them physically and we would like to include them for the last T20 game which is Cape Town before the one-day series with Sri Lanka."
The three-match T20I series played between South Africa and Sri Lanka, which will commencing from January 20-25 and will be followed by a five-match ODI series, which will start from 28 January and concluding on February 10, 2017.