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Graeme Swann on course to return in summer after successful elbow operation

Graeme Swann: Has undergone a successful operation on his elbow

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England spinner Graeme Swann is expected to return in the early summer after a successful operation on his right elbow in America.

Swann was forced to depart the tour of New Zealand after a painful problem with his bowling arm forced him to miss last week's drawn first Test in Dunedin.

The 33-year-old has undergone an operation described as "uncomplicated" and the England and Wales Cricket Board are hopeful he will be available again in time for the Champions Trophy campaign on home soil in June.

Swann, who first had surgery on the same elbow four years ago, has suggested he will be targeting the two-Test series against New Zealand in May.

An ECB statement said: "England and Nottinghamshire off-spinner 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.

"Swann will now commence a six-to-eight-week rehabilitation and back-to-bowling programme before returning to competitive cricket early in the summer."