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Jofra Archer discusses his mental state during his rehabilitation phase

England speedster Jofra Archer has told how a persistent elbow injury left him in a “dark place” and cast doubt on his future career. Due to fitness difficulties, the 27-year-old, who made his last international appearance in March 2021, has missed several major events, including the T20 World Cup last year and the crucial Ashes. While his comeback to the pitch has not been certain, Archer’s primary goal is to avoid injury for a year.

For the uninitiated, the right-arm pacer has had several elbow surgery. While the first surgery had no effect, his condition improved following the second. Archer, too, was concerned about losing his contract at one point, but the pacer is now optimistic about his future. After mentioning this, Archer stated unequivocally that he will not ‘rush back’ from his injury.

“After my first operation last May, my right elbow felt no different at all. Obviously, I wasn’t going to fully know whether it had been successful until I started bowling, but what I can say is that things immediately felt different after my second one in December,” Archer wrote in his column.

“Now, nearly five months down the line, it’s a relief the way things are. At one point, I thought I was going to lose my contract when things weren’t going well, but now I have confidence about what the future holds. Part of that is down to them not rushing me back,” he added. Archer further talked about his state of mind during the tough times.

“Having gone into a dark place last summer after the first operation, I can see why when people are not on the good side of situations like this they sometimes have a downward spiral in terms of mental health. It’s natural for anyone to worry about the future in that kind of situation, but not having to chase a contract gave me the time to rest properly,” he added.

Notably, Archer will play against Glamorgan in the T20 Blast on May 26, and all eyes will be on him. The pacer would undoubtedly like to make a huge impact in order to re-enter the England team.