Jofra Archer’s hand surgery was performed by the same consultant who repaired Ben Stokes’ wrist fracture
Revealed: Jofra Archer’s successful operation to remove glass from his fingers after breaking into an aquarium while trying to clean it in the tub was done by the same advisor who fixed Ben Stokes self-inflicted wrist fracture
- Jofra Archer, England’s fast bowler, has had a successful operation on his hand
- Archer had glass between his fingers after accidentally smashing into an aquarium
- The surgery was performed by the same consultant who fixed Ben Stokes’s wrist injury
Jofra Archer’s successful hand surgery was performed by the same consultant who repaired Ben Stokes’ self-inflicted fracture of the wrist seven years ago.
Doug Campbell of Leeds removed the glass fragment that had been trapped in a healed wound under his right middle finger for over two months.
Archer, 25, suffered the jagged cut before England served in India when he returned from Barbados to his home in Hove in the New Year, shattering an aquarium while trying to clean it in his bath.
Jofra Archer had the glass removed from his fingers after accidentally breaking into an aquarium
Still, it only became apparent that there was a problem after the Sussex speed bowler experienced heightened irritation during the final days of his tour.
It was not until March 14, when he wore a protective band for a Twenty20 international in Ahmedabad before the match, that there had been a clear indication of a problem, and only a select few of the England medical staff had been informed.
When doctors assessing his ongoing elbow injury last week observed the swelling – caused by a foreign body trapped under the skin – it was decided to send him north to Spire Hospital on Monday.
Ben Stokes injured his wrist in 2014 by slamming a locker room safe after getting out
It was Campbell who poked the broken scaphoid bone in Stokes’ wrist – after frustrating a locker room safe with the open palm of his hand following a layoff for nothing in Barbados in 2014, an injury that sidelined him for five weeks and caused the then 22 year-old missed the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The minor surgery, on the other hand, won’t delay Archer’s return, but doctors from the ECB and Rajasthan Royals remain in talks about his entry into this year’s Indian Premier League after a second cortisone shot this year in his right elbow.