Initial scans showed tissue damage around the bottom of Steyn's foot and near the heel, Moosajee said, and Steyn wouldn't be able to bowl again in the test in Cape Town.
Steyn landed awkwardly during his run-up in India's first innings in the post-lunch session.
The estimated recovery time for this injury is 4-6 weeks, but with Steyn now 34 years of age and having not completed three of his last five Tests, questions over his worldwide future will surely be raised once more. Significantly, Steyn's career has been greatly affected due to injuries. When Steyn was bowling his 18th over, he sustained serious tissue damage to his left heel.
Significantly, South Africa has strengthened its hold on India in the first Test match. He couldn't complete his 18th over and was limping slightly as he headed to the dressing rooms at Newlands.More news: Asia retain narrow EurAsia Cup lead
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Steyn‚ who was playing his first test since November 2016‚ when he fractured a shoulder while bowling at the WACA‚ left the field midway through the last over before tea on the second day.
He was careful to quell speculation that the problem could have been caused by Steyn‚ who before the match had bowled only 12 overs in whites since his shoulder injury‚ had returned to action too soon.
"It's never nice for Dale because he's just come back from injury", said Steyn's fellow South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. Now he will not play in this match.