England paceman Jofra Archer passed fit to join bowlers in the delayed return to action amid coronavirus crisis
- Jofra Archer was ruled out for three months in early February with elbow injury
- The paceman was expected to have a scan before stepping up his rehabilitation
- ECB medical staff don’t want to send him to a hospital amid coronavirus crisis
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Jofra Archer will not require a scan before he joins England’s bowlers in their delayed return to action in the coming days.
The 25-year-old was ruled out for three months in early February with a low-grade stress fracture of his right elbow.
It was anticipated that a detailed screening assessment would be required before he stepped up his rehabilitation.
Jofra Archer will not require a scan before he joins England’s bowlers in their return to action
However, that period has passed and there is reluctance from ECB medical staff to send Archer to a hospital amid the coronavirus crisis — especially as he has no discomfort in the joint.
Archer’s workload during lockdown has amounted to bowling a tennis ball at the wall for half-hour stints outside his apartment in Hove.
Now, as the individual training programmes begin, he will work in line with other players. England have selected a bloated squad of 30 in preparation for the series against West Indies and Pakistan.
The England paceman wasf ruled out for three months in early February with an elbow injury
Plans had been in place for a group of 15 bowlers with the potential to play Test cricket this summer to have training sessions at seven county grounds, starting on Wednesday.
But it has been postponed for at least 24 hours after the ECB admitted they could not get all the parameters promised for a safe return to training in place.
There are a few issues to deal with. Some personal protective equipment — to be worn by coaches and physios — was still being sourced on Tuesday and all venues must have a deep clean.
But the ECB remain confident that the issues will all be overcome in time for a Friday return at the latest.
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