The Proteas man is recovering after injuring a bone in his right shoulder in the first Test against Australia in November past year and he admits the rehabilitation is taking longer than expected.
South Africa will be without Dale Steyn when they tour England for a three-match ODI series.
"My recovery is going well but it is taking a little longer than I expected it to", Steyn said at the CSA Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday. But despite the required time for his rehabilitation passing up, it appears that the Steyn has not fully recovered and hence has backed out from the important England tour.
"Obviously, one of the reasons for me playing with the A side was so that I could get some match fitness before the Tests", he added.
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Steyn is now aiming to return for South Africa's home series against Bangladesh starting in late September. "In a way it could be quite amusing - South Africa will be playing a Test series in England and maybe at some ground down the road, Dale Steyn will be playing for another team", he joked. Steyn will, in addition, be out for the Champions Trophy and South Africa's subsequent tour of England for a three-match T20 series and a four-match Test series, according to Cricinfo.
Steyn has been going through extensive rehabilitation program which includes him doing activities of strengthening the smaller muscles around the shoulder joint five-times-a-week.
One of South Africa's best bowlers of all time, Steyn has taken 417 wickets in 85 Tests so far. "I just have to be patient", Steyn said. Philander is the only other injury concern - he sustained a groin injury while playing for Sussex earlier this month - but South Africa are hopeful he will be able to play a full part in the Test series.
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