Jofra Archer to resume training this week after successful surgery to remove glass from right hand; no decision yet on when England man will return to playing with ECB waiting to see effectiveness of injection on right elbow; Rajasthan hope Archer will play in IPL but will take ‘no risks’
Last Updated: 13/04/21 10:00am
England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been given the all-clear to resume training – but no decision has yet been made on when he will return to playing.
The 26-year-old recently had successful surgery to remove a fragment of glass that had become lodged in the middle finger on his right hand while he cleaned a fish tank at home in January.
Archer was previously ruled out of England’s one-day internationals against India in March as well as the start of the IPL due to a right elbow injury, which has recently been treated with an injection.
In a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board said that Archer has been given the all-clear by his hand consultant and will return to “light training” this week, with the hope that he will be able to increase his bowling intensity the following week.
The ECB added of Archer: “A further update on his elbow injury will be provided once he has returned to bowling to assess the effectiveness of his recent injection. No decision has been made as yet on when Archer is due to return to playing.”
The ECB also said that the cut to Archer’s finger was managed throughout the multi-format tour of India and that it did not impact his availability.
Archer missed two of the four Tests against India earlier this year due to his right elbow issue but played in all five T20 internationals before he was subsequently ruled out of the 50-over matches.