England's Jofra Archer reacts during play on the fifth day of the second Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on August 18, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Jofra Archer has flown home to the UK, departing the Indian Premier League with four games left to play in the group stage.

Archer, who has played in five games for Mumbai this season, has been dealing with an elbow issue and is now back in England to continue his rehabilitation ahead of the Ashes.

The 28-year-old had surgery last month, with the England and Wales Cricket Board now not taking any chances with their fast bowler.

"Archer has been recovering from right elbow surgery," an ECB statement read.

"However, pushing through the discomfort whilst recently playing, hoping it will settle, has proven challenging.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Marnus Labuschagne of Australia reacts after facing his first ball from Jofra Archer of England during day five of the 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

"Therefore, it has been agreed for him to return to the UK for a period of rest and rehabilitation to give him the best opportunity for a full recovery."

Mumbai have confirmed that Archer has been replaced by England teammate Chris Jordan for a fee of INR 2 crore.

Archer has played 13 tests for England in his career, but didn't feature in the 21-22 Ashes series as he dealt with injury issues, claiming a total of 42 wickets throughout his test career.

The Ashes begin on June 16, with the first Test to be held at Edgbaston.