Archer in return to training after surgery

England fast bowler Jofra Archer is ready to resume training after finger surgery.
England fast bowler Jofra Archer is ready to resume training after finger surgery.

England paceman Jofra Archer has been given the nod to return to light training after surgery to remove a fragment of glass from his finger last month but his level of involvement in this year's Indian Premier League remains unclear.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has set no timetable on Archer's playing comeback, only revealing on Tuesday that the 26-year-old will work closely this week with his county, Sussex, and the country's medical teams.

England are hopeful he will be able to up his bowling workload "from next week" as he continues his rehabilitation from a freak injury to the middle finger of his right hand that occurred when he dropped a fish tank in the bath in January.

While the problem was managed during England's recent India tour and dealt with upon his return home, Archer also had a further injection to a troublesome elbow which deteriorated enough during the two-month trip to force action.

The combination of these issues has already led to Archer's absence for the early stages of the IPL, where he is the reigning MVP and on an a PS800,000 ($A1.4 million) contract with Rajasthan Royals, as England look to manage his workload.

Kumar Sangakkara, director of cricket with the Royals, recently moved to reassure England they will not take any undue risks with Archer in a T20 World Cup and Ashes year.

The former Sri Lanka captain said: "His value to world cricket and to England cricket is always part of our decision-making process and we are always guided by the experts in English cricket who look after Jofra to guide us on how we could support that journey."

Australian Associated Press