ECB made it clear that Jofra Archer will miss the summer season of the County Championship. This time, it is a lower back stress fracture for the English pacer. We need to look at the timeline of Archer's injuries. Injuries have been cruel to pace bowlers.
We need to look at the two years of Archer's career full of injuries and the important matches he missed.
Missed the last three Tests against South Africa and T20Is
Injury update – elbow stress fracture
Ruled out of Sri Lanka Test series
July – December 2020
Played English summer home matches
Played the T20I series in South Africa
As a precautionary measure, rested from the Sri Lanka Test tour
Missed the second and fourth Test matches against India
Played five-match T20I series against India with a cortisone injection.
Went through surgery to remove a glass from hand (a fish tank accident).
Ruled out of IPL.
Plays for Sussex.
Ruled out of County Championship.
Went through surgery to remove a bone fragment in his elbow.
Plays one match for Sussex in the T20 Blast
Plays one warm-up game for the Royal London Cup
Elbow stress fracture recurrence.
Rested for the year.
Went through the second surgery on the elbow.
Ruled out of the West Indies tour.
January – March 2022
Despite his injury, Mumbai Indians bought Archer for 8Cr INR in the IPL Mega Auction.
Trained with the England team in the Caribbean.
Ruled out of the IPL 2022.
Suffered a stress fracture of the lower back.
The year 2019 was unforgettable for the pacer. He was England's World Cup hero and had memorable Ashes series.
The last couple of years must be painful for him, physically and mentally. Despite being one of the best pace bowlers in England, he couldn't help the team in the Ashes tour of Australia. Fans on social media pointed out that all the great fast bowlers suffered injuries, and some had to stop playing because of the injuries.
The cricket world has been wishing him a speedy recovery. Also, Mumbai Indians has shown faith in him when he is at a low point in his career.