Jofra Archer is set for another spell on the sidelines after suffering another injury.

The pacer has a stress fracture in the back which will rule him out of the English summer according to the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Archer has not played any international cricket since March of last year due to an elbow injury.

In December he underwent a second surgery to curtail the issue.

His injury news comes at a particularly tough time for ECB who now have a dearth of fast bowlers.

Fellow fast bowlers Chris Woakes, Saqib Mahmood, Sam Curran, and Mark Wood are all sidelined due to injuries.

“After being diagnosed with a stress fracture to the lower back, England and Sussex seamer Jofra Archer has been ruled out for the rest of the season,” the ECB said in a statement.

“No timeframe has been set for his return. A management plan will be determined following further specialist opinion over the coming days.”

The 27-year-old said earlier this month that he had feared he might not play again after undergoing a second operation on his injured right elbow.

England returns to action next month when world test champions New Zealand begin a three-match tour at Lord’s on June 2, followed by matches at Trent Bridge and Headingley.

In the absence of the young guns, the load will again fall on the returning Stuart Broad and James Anderson. 

England, who will be led by new captain Ben Stokes and recently-appointed red-ball coach Brendon McCullum, have won only one of their last 17 tests.

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