Cape Town - Proteas coach Russell Domingo says he can’t see star batsman AB de Villiers making a return for the remainder of the Test series against Australia.
De Villiers underwent an elbow operation which ruled him out of the home ODI series and Test series against Australia Down Under.
De Villiers told the media prior to being ruled out of the tour to Australia that he planned on playing in the day-night Test in Adelaide.
"So maybe after the six weeks, if I do fly over straight away, I'll be there for the second Test match," De Villiers told FiveAA.
"There may be an opportunity to prepare during that game - not play in it - and then be ready for the Adelaide Test, which would be a dream come true to play in a day-night Test against Australia."
But after the Proteas' resounding 177-run victory in Perth on Monday, coach Russell Domingo quashed any notions of an early return for the Proteas skipper.
"I doubt it," said Domingo.
"He’s been caddying for a mate at a golf tournament at the moment so I don’t think his going to be fit for Adelaide."
"I can't see AB playing in Adelaide."
The second Test in Hobart starts on Saturday, November 12 at 01:30 (SA time) with the Adelaide Test to start on Thursday, November 24 at 05:30 (SA time).