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Jofra Archer of Rajasthan Royals during the practise session. The England pacer is exected to return in full steam this week. Image Credit: Source: Sportzpics for BCCI

London: England fast bowler Jofra Archer had a minor operation on his troublesome right elbow earlier this month, but the procedure is unlikely to harm his chances of selection for the Ashes series against Australia, the Telegraph reported.

Archer has already returned to action in the Indian Premier League after sitting out four matches. His coach at the Mumbai Indians, Mark Boucher, said on April 8 that the 28-year-old had picked up a “little niggle”.

The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that Archer had travelled to Belgium for the procedure.

Long layoff

Archer has made two appearances for Mumbai this season, picking up two wickets. He was rested for Tuesday’s defeat to Gujarat Titans but could return against Rajasthan Royals at the weekend.

Archer, who picked up 22 wickets for England in the 2019 Ashes, has not played a Test since February 2021 due to elbow and back injuries. He made his comeback after 17 months out in late January.

Sussex head coach Paul Farbrace said last month Archer was unlikely to play any red-ball matches before the Ashes.

The opening Ashes Test will be held at Edgbaston from June 16.