Pietersen, who was bought by Daredevils for USD 1.5 million (Rs 9 crore), had sustained an injury on his right hand little finger during fielding drills with Surrey at The Oval last month.
     
"Kevin still a few days away so he won't be considered for Thursday. It is obviously a setback because he's an important player in our set-up and an important player in any team. It is a difficult situation," Daredevils assistant Eric Simons was quoted as saying by 'The Guardian' newspaper.
     
This means that Pietersen's post-England career will have to be delayed. He was sacked in the wake of England's 0-5 Ashes whitewash in Australia last winter, which made him available for a full IPL season for the first time.
     
Pietersen had last week played down the problem with his little finger as a "niggle". He, however, missed DD's practice match against Hyderabad in Dubai on Monday.
     
It is yet not clear when Pietersen will be available.
     
"I think we'll take it one day at a time and see how it progresses each morning but he definitely won't be considered for tomorrow," said Simons.

(Agencies)

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