Jofra Archer, the England cricket team pacer, had been out of action for over a year due to an elbow injury, which appears to have resurfaced. He played in Mumbai Indians’ opening match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) but was absent from the following four games before returning against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) on April 22.
Head coach Mark Boucher explained his absence as a “little niggle,” but it has since been discovered that Archer visited an elbow specialist in Belgium and underwent a “minor procedure.”
The English sports web portal, Sky Sports, reported that Jofra Archer traveled to Belgium for a minor surgery on his problematic right elbow, which was his fifth surgery in a span of 25 months. The article also mentioned that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed this development.
Jofra Archer returned to the Mumbai Indians’ lineup against the Punjab Kings and did not appear to be experiencing any discomfort as he bowled all four overs, with some of his deliveries reaching 145 kmph.
However, he was rested for the team’s following match against the Gujarat Titans, which resulted in a 55-run loss for Mumbai Indians. According to reports, Archer is expected to return to the field for the upcoming match against the Rajasthan Royals over the weekend.
Additionally, it has been reported that the medical team of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been in constant communication with their counterparts in the Mumbai Indians’ camp. This is because Jofra Archer had only recently returned to the team after being sidelined with stress fractures in his elbow and back.
Jofra Archer had a difficult year in 2021, as he experienced persistent elbow issues that were later identified as a stress fracture. This injury prevented him from participating in the T20 World Cup and the Ashes series.
Despite this, he was acquired by the Mumbai Indians for a significant sum of Rs 8 crore during the mega auction that year. In the beginning of 2022, he also played for the Mumbai Indians’ Cape Town branch in the new SA20 tournament.