Injured Swann to return to action by May
London, Mar 15 : Injured off-spinner Graeme Swann is all set to return to action early in the English season after undergoing an elbow surgery in the United States.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) described the operation in Rochester, Minnesota, during which bone fragments were removed from the elbow, as 'uncomplicated' and said Swann will now begin a six-eight week recovery period, which gives him a timescale of returning to cricket in May.
'England and Nottinghamshire offspinner Graeme Swann has undergone an uncomplicated operation on his right elbow to excise excess bone formation that had re-accumulated following his previous operation four years ago,' an ECB statement said.
'Swann will now commence a six-eight week rehabilitation and back to bowling programme before returning to competitive cricket early in the summer,' it added.
The 33-year-old offie, was ruled out of the current tour of New Zealand on the opening day of the series in Dunedin after it was decided he needed a second operation on his right elbow, which was previously dealt with in 2009.
England's first internationals of the season are two Tests against New Zealand, the first of which begins on May 16, but the realistic aim for Swann would appear to be the Champions Trophy in June, which precedes the all-important Ashes series.