Swann has elbow op.
England spinner Swann should be fit for Ashes series this summer after a successful operation on his elbow.
The spin-bowler was forced to miss the current New Zealand series due to the injury and flew out to the USA to see specialists.
With the operation being announced as a success, Swann is now looking to return to the England set-up by the summer.
“Swann will now commence a six-to-eight-week rehabilitation and back-to-bowling programme before returning to competitive cricket early in the summer,” an ECB statement read.
The 33-year-old had an operation to remove parts of loose bone from the same elbow four years ago. However, the pain reoccurred and Swann found it difficult to bowl.
With the problems now seemingly rectified, the bowler and the ECB are marking the Champion’s Trophy in May as his return date.
Once Alastair Cook’s men finish their tour of New Zealand, the Black Caps will travel across the world for a two match Test series back in England.
The side will be relying on Swann’s fitness ahead of the forthcoming Ashes series in August, as the spinner was instrumental in England’s victory in Australia two years ago.
Swann was also key in England’s recent 2-1 Test series win in India. The Nottinghamshire bowler took 20 wickets from the series, with the best overall average of 24.75.
Since making his Test debut in Chennai in 2008, Swann has gone on to be recognised as one the best spin bowlers in world cricket and is currently ranked 7th on the ICC’s bowling rankings.