England were dealt a blow today with confirmation that Joffra Archer will miss the two-test England Sri Lanka tour in March and the entire IPL season for the Rajasthan Royals.
Archer, who missed the majority of the South Africa tour with an elbow issue was diagnosed with a stress fracture to his right bowling elbow, an issue that crept up in the 1st test match against South Africa, a series that England went on to win 3-1.
The Sussex bowler will work closely with the England medical team in the hope that he can be fit for the start of the English Summer and the first test against the West Indies which starts on the 4th of June at The Oval.
Joffra has had a busy year, and with the addition of international cricket to his schedule, is it surprising to hear that he is experiencing some problems.
Archer's action may look seemless, but a bowler who bowls at 90mph+ puts a lot of strain on his body and Archer's torque on his elbow is noticeable.
Some people questioned whether Joe Root overused Archer during the Summer, with the speedster often bowling long spells.
Archer bowled over 20 overs in 3 innings over the Ashes series, reaching a season high 29 in the 2nd game of the series.
Part of this comes down to Joe Root figuring out how best to utilise his new toy. Short and sharp overs seem the way to go.