Jofra Archer’s injury-affected IPL stint continued as he sat out a fourth successive Mumbai Indians game.

But the Sussex and England seamer is expected to remain in India and make his comeback later this month.

Archer has spent much of the last two years on the operating table or in recovery, leading to concerns over his ongoing absence in India and Ashes anxiety for England fans.

The 28-year-old bowled his four-over allocation in Mumbai’s tournament opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore but has not been seen since after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow – the very joint which has caused his long lay-off and led to two bouts of surgery.

England’s medical team have been working closely with their counterparts at the franchise and it is understood Archer is working towards returning against Punjab Kings on April 22 or Gujarat Titans three days later.

Even if he is successful, Archer’s recent setback has dented confidence that he will be play a major role in this summer’s hotly-anticipated series against Australia.

Sussex indicated ahead of the county season that Archer may not play any first-class cricket for them before the Ashes, and the difference in workload between T20 and Test cricket is dramatic.

The county are preparing to face Yorkshire in Championship action at Hove, starting on Thursday.