England cricket star Jofra Archer undergoes surgery after smashing fish tank
England fast bowler Jofra Archer has had successful surgery to remove a piece of glass which became lodged in a finger when he smashed a fish tank in the bath while trying to clean it.
The 25-year-old played two Tests and all five T20s during England's time in India but was ruled out of the one-day series because of a problem with his right elbow, which deteriorated during the two-month tour.
While that issue remains the bigger concern England men's managing director Ashley Giles said the finger problem, initially sustained in January, had been resolved.
"This is going to sound like an awful conspiracy. He was cleaning or something at home and he's got a fish tank, dropped the fish tank, cut his hand," the former spinner told the Tuffers and Vaughan programme on Radio 5 live.
"So he's been in surgery today, he's come out of it well. It was managed through India.
"It didn't stop him playing but, given he came home for an injection and treatment on his elbow, he went to a specialist – I think it was still a bit stiff – and they've operated.
"I think they've found a small fragment of glass still in the tendon so it was the right thing to do.
"We'd got a clear window to do it as well. We obviously wish him the best for his recovery."
It has already been confirmed that Archer's elbow injury means he will miss the beginning of the Indian Premier League, which starts on April 9.
Ben Stokes, who is Archer's team-mate both with England and at IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, admitted last week that the bowler could miss the entire tournament.
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"We're not sure how much of it he'll be able to play a part, if any," he said. "One thing that we need to be very mindful of is that Jofra does need to give this elbow a chance to recover.
"It's great that he's came out and said he's putting his England commitments before everything else. "It's tough having an injury then getting through a game and then going backwards again.
"I think long term for his career, this is a very sensible option for him to be taking."
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