England spinner Graeme Swann set for surgery on his elbow

Last Updated: 06/03/13 5:57pm

Graeme Swann is targeting a quick return to action after a troublesome elbow injury ruled him out of England's tour of New Zealand.

Swann is set to fly to America to undergo surgery in a bid to clear up the problem, with James Tredwell called up as his replacement for the Test series.

However with a big year of cricket ahead, including back-to-back Ashes series, the 33-year is focused on playing his part.

"If I don't have the surgery I know it's more or less curtains," said Swann, who had a similar operation back in 2009.

"So the fact that I can have the surgery and I have been told that it is relatively simple, and touch wood it will be, I will wake up on the other end and everything will be great.

"I'm very much buoyed by the success the last time I had it done.

"My elbow was in a lot worse shape then than it is now so I am very confident I will bounce back in a short space of time and be fighting fit."

Pretty serious

Swann has learned to manage the problem over the years, however it flared up again during England's loss to a New Zealand XI in Queenstown.

Swann added: "It came about quite suddenly. I have struggled intermittently with a sore elbow for about four years but it never manifested itself into a dire predicament for me.

"Then in Queenstown before the game I felt an unusual pain that I hadn't felt since before the last operation and that rapidly got worse throughout the game.

"It doesn't seem anywhere as near as dire as the last time when it felt like a bomb had gone off in there.

"The fact you have to have surgery means you have a pretty serious injury so I was hoping that I would get to the end of my playing days and not have to go back under the knife.

"Everyone hopes that. It just suddenly flared up and the scans said it needed to be sorted.

"It is a huge year for English cricket and a huge year for me but if this means I take a more active part in it, so it's something I have to do."