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After the first match ended in a heartbreaking loss for the Rajasthan Royals, they finally have some good news. England Pacer Jofra Archer has been allowed to warm up and practice ‘lightly’ after successful surgery to remove a glass from his finger. According to a press report issued by the England Cricket Board, Archer has been given clearance to bowl by his consultant. 

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Archer had suffered an injury in his middle finger while cleaning his home in January this year. He was provided medical help and was sent to India for Test and white-ball series. However, the English quick had to cut short his trip mid-series for surgery to remove a fragment of glass from his finger. Archer was ruled out for the initial stages of the IPL as well.

“He will return to light training this week, working closely with the Sussex and England men’s medical teams. It is hoped that he will be able to up his intensity with his bowling from next week. A further update on his elbow injury will be provided once he has returned to bowling to assess the effectiveness of his recent injection. No decision has been made as yet on when Archer is due to return to playing,” ECB said in the statement.

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Jofra Archer was the MVP last season. RR purchased Archer for a staggering 1.1 million and so the franchise wants him to return during the later stages. RR’s Director of Cricket Operations Kumar Sangakkara has even assured the ECB that the franchise will take good care of Archer in coordination with England’s medical team.