Jofra Archer in race against time to be fit for India Tests following elbow surgery
Jofra Archer has been highly injury-prone of late that has been the highlight of his career ever since he started playing for England. From finger surgery to elbow surgery, Archer's body has taken a lot over the past few weeks and races against time for India Tests.
English pacer Jofra Archer has been in the news of late owing to his fitness issues and injury problems. He has undergone a couple of surgeries in the past few weeks, starting from an injured finger to an injured elbow.
Consequently, owing to these injuries, his playing commitments of late have taken a hit. He missed out on the One-Day Internationals against India in March, while he could not play for Rajasthan Royals in the now-suspended 2021 Indian Premier League.
Although he had made his return to country cricket for Sussex a few weeks back, it was cut short due to the recurrence of the pain in his already-troubled elbow. Consequently, it compelled him to undergo surgery on the same last week, having already undergone surgery on his finger a few weeks back to remove a piece of glass. He had sustained it while cleaning a fish tank in his home earlier this year.
Meanwhile, amidst all the chaos and surgeries, Archer's prime focus now would be to get fit as fast as possible. According to the England and Wales Cricket Board, he would be serving "an intensive rehabilitation period working with the ECB and Sussex medical teams".
At the same time, Archer would target his return ahead of the opening Test against India at Trent Bridge on August 4. "His progress will be reviewed by his consultant in approximately four weeks, at which point further guidance will be provided as to when he can return to bowling," said ECB in a release.
However, it seems like Archer would be fit in time for the remainder of the IPL 2021, likely to be played between September-October in the United Arab Emirates. RR, which is currently placed fifth in the table, desperately needs his pace-bowling services to bid for a playoffs finish.
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