Jofra Archer set to undergo elbow surgery, no clarity on IPL 2021 return
Jofra Archer is an English pacer who has made an extraordinary impact for England across formats. However, he seems to have become too injury prone that is jeopardising his international career. After operating his finger, he is now set to operate his elbow.
English pacer Jofra Archer is set for another sideline spell. He is all set to undergo another surgery, as it happens to be his right elbow this time that has been troubling him for quite some time.
According to ESPNCricinfo, Archer consulted a specialist on Wednesday while he is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday. As of now, England and Wales Cricket Board has not set a tentative date for his return but remains hopeful of having him for the five-Test series against India, for the Pataudi Trophy, in August.
Nonetheless, it hopes to have him for the ICC World T20 and the Ashes later this year. Furthermore, his 2021 Indian Premier League stint remains doubtful for Rajasthan Royals, as the currently postponed tournament is likely to be completed before the WT20 or after.
"At the moment, he has a bit of an impingement in his elbow. A lot of fast bowlers get it in their ankle, so it's comparable but a different part of the body. Put a lot of pressure and flexion through any joint; it will take a bashing. But, bowlers come through ankle impingements. I don't foresee it being a long term major issue," said Jon Lewis, England bowling coach, who was quoted as saying to The Guardian.
"From what I understand, either short-term or long term, his elbow will recover. I would expect him to play a lot more international cricket for England. This is just a small blip on his journey," he added.
Archer has been suffering from the same since last year during the Cape Town Test, while it was initially diagnosed as a stress fracture. Since then, he has managed to play just six Tests, claiming 12 wickets at an average of 40.16. At the same time, it also forced him to withdraw from the One-Day Internationals against India and the 2021 Indian Premier League this year.
It would be Archer's second surgery in just weeks after operating his finger, where he got a piece of glass removed while he had injured it during a fish tank cleaning at his home. Meanwhile, as he underwent rest after the same and made his county comeback for Sussex, his elbow pain resurfaced.
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