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London: Mar 15, 2013
England off-spinner Graeme Swann faces up to two months’ rehabilitation after surgery on his injured elbow, officials said on Friday, raising hopes he will be fit for this year’s Ashes double-header.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Swann had undergone “an uncomplicated operation” on the elbow, which had a build-up of excess bone after an 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 (northern) summer,” it said in a statement.
Two editions of the Ashes series against Australia are being played back-to-back this year to avoid a clash with the 2015 World Cup, with the first beginning on July 10.
Swann, 33, has earned 50 Test caps in a career that includes two victorious Ashes series, with the spinner playing a key role both times.
“It would be a massive pain in the backside if my wonky elbow forced me to miss any of the Tests against Australia,” he wrote in a newspaper column this month
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