South Africa are hopeful Quinton de Kock's ankle injury will not rule him out of the Cricket World Cup next year.
The wicketkeeper-batsman played the opening two days of the first Test against West Indies but missed the remainder of the game after rolling his ankle in the warm-up on Friday.
Following an MRI scan, the issue was found to be more serious than first feared, with the 22-year-old having suffered a torn ligament in his left ankle.
De Kock is expected to be out for between six and 12 weeks, ruling him out of the remaining matches against West Indies.
However, Cricket South Africa confirmed in a statement they remain hopeful of De Kock recovering in time to feature in their World Cup opener against Zimbabwe in Hamilton on February 15.
South Africa's team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, explained: "Quinton was taken for an MRI scan late last night which revealed a lateral ligament tear of the left ankle.
"The recovery period can take anything between 6 to 12 weeks, which means he will also miss out on the Momentum ODI series and the KFC T20I series next month.
"In terms of the World Cup, our first match of the tournament is in eight weeks, which hopefully affords a sufficient recovery period."