England pacer Jofra Archer is set to miss the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) season for Rajasthan Royals. While initially it was thought that an elbow issue that was plaguing him during the series against India was the issue, it has now been revealed that Archer had earlier suffered a cut on the middle finger of his right hand after accidentally dropping a fish tank at his home in Hove.
On Monday, Archer underwent a hand surgery and small fragment of glass were still in the tendon and England’s director of cricket and former spinner Ashley Giles has confirmed that it was successful.
“This is going to sound like an awful conspiracy”
“This is going to sound like an awful conspiracy and I can see what’s going to happen on Twitter as soon as I say this. But, yeah, he was cleaning at home. He’s got a fish tank. He dropped the fish tank, cut his hand, and he’s been in surgery today (on Monday),” Giles told the BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan show.
“He’s come out of it well. It was managed through India, he was treated when he arrived and it wasn’t an open wound on that finger. It didn’t stop him playing, but given he came home for an injection on his elbow, he went to a specialist because the finger was still a bit stiff.
“They’ve operated and I think they found a small fragment of glass still in attendance. It obviously healed but there was part of the fish tank still in his finger. So, it was the right thing to do. We’ve got a clear window to do it as well. We wish him the best for his recovery but it’s true, it’s not a conspiracy,” he added.
Archer, who was due to play for the Rajasthan Royals, will miss the start of the Indian Premier League season, which starts on April 9. A call on his participation in the remaining part of the tournament is due to be taken this week.