Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Steyn said he is likely to return only in June 2017 having undergone shoulder surgery last month. With the IPL set to be played in April and May, that all but rules the Proteas star out of the franchise-based T20 league.
Steyn had a successful surgery in Cape Town but has been ruled out for much of the action early next year. "The first two to three months is just the healing phase, so by the end of February I will start to be able to do things like light bowling, start swimming and all that kind of stuff," Steyn said.
It was the same shoulder where he suffered a less severe hairline fracture less than 12 months back. He had regretted rushing back from it. This time though, he's not taking any chances and he's also looking forward to the prospect of a break.
"It's actually really cool. I haven't had a long break like this in a good few years and every season I go into it with something wrong, whether it be a little hammie or whatever. It will be nice to go into a season, starting in June, and confidently know that I am really strong and in a good place," Steyn said.
With the ICC Champions Trophy beginning on June 1, it’ll be interesting to see if Steyn makes himself available for the tournament as the Proteas aim to win their first ICC tournament since 1998.