Pienaar out of SA friendlies

  • Last Updated: September 3 2012, 15:17 BST

Injury has forced Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar to withdrawn from South Africa's squad due to play international friendlies this week.

Steven Pienaar: Out with a thigh strain

The 30-year-old sustained a thigh strain in Saturday's first defeat of the season at West Brom.

He was due to fly out to join his national squad for matches against Brazil in Sao Paulo on Friday and then Mozambique in Nelspruit a week on Tuesday.

However, Everton have confirmed injury has prevented Pienaar for travelling and he now has two weeks to recover before their next match, the visit of Newcastle on September 17.