The ECB confirms Jofra Archer went under the knife on Friday in an effort to resolve a persistent elbow injury

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The ECB confirms Jofra Archer went under the knife on Friday in an effort to resolve ongoing elbow injury … as England’s fast bowler recovers hoping to be back for the T20 World Cup and Ashes series in Australia

  • Jofra Archer was operated on Friday to repair his nasty elbow injury
  • England’s fast bowler will now begin rehab in hopes of making it to the T20 World Cup
  • Archer has been managing pain with injections and pain relievers for months
  • Sussex teammate Ollie Robinson is likely to take his place against New Zealand

Jofra Archer has entered a period of ‘intensive rehabilitation’ after elbow surgery, but will not know about a possible comeback date for at least a month.

The speedy bowler managed to control varying degrees of pain in his right elbow for about 18 months, eventually going under the knife at the end of last week after breaking down on his first-class return to Sussex.

He is now starting his recovery program, under the supervision of England, before his condition is reviewed by the end of June.

The English Jofra Archer went under the knife on Friday in an attempt to solve his persistent elbow problems

The English Jofra Archer went under the knife on Friday in an attempt to solve his persistent elbow problems

Archer was told by the ECB that surgery is now the best option to treat his injury

Archer was told by the ECB that surgery is now the best option to treat his injury

Archer was told by the ECB that surgery is now the best option to treat his injury

Having already been excluded from both New Zealand Tests, he can now rest assured that he will miss both the white-ball series against Sri Lanka and likely the limited-overs games against Pakistan.

Ideally, England would like him to be back at full throttle in time to compete in the high-profile five-Test series against India, but the Twenty20 World Cup in October and the start of the Ashes trip Down Under remain the overwhelming priority.

A statement from the ECB read: ‘England and Sussex seam bowler Jofra Archer underwent surgery on Friday to address his longstanding elbow problems.

Archer is now entering an intensive rehabilitation period in collaboration with the ECB and Sussex medical teams. His progress will be assessed by his advisor in approximately four weeks, after which further guidance will be provided on when he can return to bowling. An update will then be given. ‘

In Archer’s absence, there are opportunities for other players to stake their claims, along with the established quartet of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood. His Sussex teammate Ollie Robinson is likely to make his international debut against the Kiwis, with Craig Overton and Olly Stone also defending their case.

Archer hopes the surgery can completely knock him out for the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes

Archer hopes the surgery can completely knock him out for the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes

Archer hopes the surgery can completely knock him out for the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes

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