Jofra Archer cleared to resume training after hand surgery

Jofra Archer will return to light training this week © ECB

Jofra Archer has been cleared to resume training after undergoing surgery to remove a glass fragment from his hand.

Archer, missing from Rajasthan Royals’ side for the start of the IPL because of the operation to fix an injury he suffered while cleaning a fish tank at his home in January, will return to light training this week after receiving the all-clear from his medical consultant.

The ECB said on Tuesday that no decision had been made yet on when Archer could return to playing.

Archer had surgery on the middle finger of his right hand on March 29, immediately after returning from England’s tour of India, during which the injury was managed successfully. He also had an injection to deal with an ongoing problem in his right elbow, which flared up in India and ruled him out of the ODI leg of the tour.

“He will return to light training this week, working closely with the Sussex and England men’s medical teams,” the ECB said in a statement. “It is hoped that he will be able to up his intensity with his bowling from next week.

“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.”

Royals narrowly lost their opening match against Punjab Kings by four runs on Monday. Royals’ next match is against Delhi Capitals on Thursday.

Kumar Sangakkara, Rajasthan Royals’ team director, has expressed hope that Archer would be available for some part of the IPL campaign but said “no risks will be taken” over his fitness.

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