Vernon Philander will play a key role for the Proteas against England later this year. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky, BackpagePix

Sussex regret to announce that overseas player Vernon Philander will be out of action for a period of two to three weeks.

Proteas Test seamer Philander sustained a groin injury during the County Championship match with Kent at Hove at the weekend, which prevented him from bowling partly in the first innings, and completely in the second.

Philander is due to return to South Africa this week for rest, recovery and rehabilitation.

Sussex said that he will return to Hove – subject to him passing a fitness test – to be available for the remaining four County Championship matches of his agreed contract with the club, beginning with the match against Durham on Sunday, May 21, finishing in the middle of June.

He will now, however, be unavailable for Sussex’s One-Day Cup campaign.

Philander is expected to play a key role in the Proteas’ four-Test series against England, which starts on July 6 at Lord’s in London.

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