England in South Africa 2015-16 January 14, 2016

Steyn a chance to play at SuperSport Park

Dale Steyn twice left the field in the middle of an over during the Boxing Day Test © Getty Images

Dale Steyn could still make an appearance in South Africa's ongoing Test series against England, which he is currently sitting out of with a shoulder injury. Steyn posted a picture on Twitter of himself in a hyperbaric chamber, which he is using to speed up his recovery.

"Boring, but healing," Steyn posted, along with a collage of photographs including Scar Tissue, the autobiography of Red Hot Chilli Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis, which he is reading during sessions.

Steyn initially posted that he would spend a fortnight in the chamber, which would rule him out of the fourth Test, but then corrected himself and confirmed he would only need a week of treatment. That period ends on the eve of the Centurion game, which begins on January 22. Steyn will not have much time to get overs in the legs before the game, but he should be bowling fit by the time the ODIs start, on February 3.

Should Steyn not recover in time for the SuperSport Park Test, he would have missed six of South Africa's eight Tests this season. In the two he played, Steyn broke down both times, first with a groin injury in Mohali, which kept him out of the remaining three Tests in India, and then with a shoulder injury in Durban which forced him out of the New Year's Test and the ongoing Wanderers Test.

South Africa have had to search their reserves in Steyn's absence and have given two debuts to two bowlers in their last two games. Chris Morris was capped at Newlands and Hardus Viljoen at the Wanderers.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Havealendofitind on January 15, 2016, 2:43 GMT

    I didn't know Steyn was injured, thanks for the article...

  • Cricinfouser on January 14, 2016, 19:24 GMT

    Article about a twitter post? Then a rehash of Steyn's injury ridden last few tests. Again.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 14, 2016, 17:03 GMT

    Dale, you are a legend. Forever.

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