Englishman Joffre Archer will start a two-week rehabilitation after undergoing surgery on his finger and can start his net sessions only after this effectively excludes him from the Indian Premier League.
The 25-year-old footballer who plays for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL, underwent surgery to remove a piece of glass from the middle finger of his right hand on Monday.
“English bowling Joffre Archer underwent a successful operation on his right arm on Monday. A piece of glass was removed during the operation to his middle finger on his right hand,” said a statement from the England and Wales (ECB) Cricket Board.
“He will now begin two weeks of rehabilitation. The consultant will examine him before returning to training,” it added.
Archer had returned home in the middle of a tour of India to be treated for a worsening elbow injury.
It was later revealed that he received a cut on the middle finger of his right hand in January before the tour in India.
The toe healed enough for Archer to participate in both the test and the T20I’s legs on the tour, but the ECB decided it would be wise to examine the wound properly.
“Additional information on the elbow injury will be provided once he returns to the bowling alley to assess the effectiveness of his recent injection,” the ECB said.
Archer received a cut on his arm while cleaning his home in January, shortly before flying to India to prepare for the Test series. The ECB’s medical team managed the injury throughout the tour and this did not affect its availability.
The 14th edition of the IPL begins on April 9 in Chennai. Rajasthan royal families open their campaign on April 12, when they take over the Punjabi kings in Mumbai