JOFRA ARCHER will undergo surgery on Monday after England revealed he suffered a cut hand in January.
The fast bowler has also been given an injection in his right elbow that has been causing him problems for more than a year.
Archer has missed nine of England’s last 15 Tests – mainly because of the elbow problem but also due to rest and breaching Covid rules – and England are increasingly worried by his injuries.
An England spokesman said: “Jofra Archer will undergo a procedure to his right hand following a scan and subsequent consultant review since he returned to the UK on Tuesday.
“He has also had a further injection for the right elbow injury that had seen him declared unfit for selection for the current ODI series in India.
“The procedure on Jofra’s hand will take place on March 29 so he can recover during the planned break following his elbow injection.
“Jofra suffered a cut to his hand while cleaning at his home in January shortly before flying to India to prepare for the Test series.
“The injury was managed by the ECB’s medical team through the tour and it did not impact on his availability.
“Further investigation and a specialist opinion was sought upon his return to the UK and, in conjunction with the ECB medical panel, it has been decided that surgery is the best option to manage his injury in the longer term.”
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England would not say why a cut was still causing problems more than two months after it happened.
Archer was already due to miss the start of the Indian Premier League because of his elbow problem.
His appearance in the tournament looks increasingly unlikely.