IPL 2021 Remaining Matches: England seamer Jofra Archer finds himself standing at crossroads due to his recurring elbow injury, which has cast doubts over his availability for Rajasthan Royals in IPL Phase 2 in doubts. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has advised that the best option to deal with the persistent injury is to go under the knife. He finds himself in the dilemma about whether to agrees or disagree with the advice, given the history of others.
England’s medical team believe an operation is now necessary following months of trying to nurse the 26-year-old through a hectic international schedule via bouts of rest and pain-killing injections.
The Rajasthan Royals fast bowler is expected to decide after discussions with a consultant and a provisional appointment for an operation has been booked for Friday, according to DailyMail report.
IPL 2021 Remaining Matches: The recovery and rehabilitation would be dependent on the results of pre-operation scans. However, it is certain he will be sidelines until July, only if he agrees to go under the knife. In case he decides to continue down his current pain management path, it is likely he might miss the IPL and maybe T20 World Cup.
Archer was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his elbow two years ago during England’s tour of South Africa. Although his white-ball variations allow him to deal with discomfort, the effort required in first-class and Test matches is too much to handle.
IPL 2021 Remaining Matches: Last week, the 26-year-old was too sore to bowl on the third day of Sussex’s match against Kent. Last year, he missed two Tests in India when he felt aggravation during warm-up days.
Archer will, however, have reservations about such a big career decision given the history of others.
Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan — Ashes winners and Twenty20 world champions with England in 2010 — required two and three ops respectively and were arguably not the same after going under the knife for a second time.