<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Graeme Swann" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130329005736.jpg" title="Graeme Swann" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Graeme Swann's surgery appears to have been successful and he plans to be bowling by the end of next month © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: Mar 29, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> England spinner <a href="/tags/Graeme-Swann/post" target="_blank">Graeme Swann</a> has revealed he is on course to return from an elbow injury in time for this year's Ashes showdown against Australia.<br /> <br /> Swann was sidelined for <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a>'s recent drawn Test series in New Zealand after undergoing surgery in the United States earlier this month in an attempt to cure the long-standing problem.<br /> <br /> He first visited the specialist clinic in Minnesota in 2009 and the treatment allowed him to feature as England reclaimed the Ashes from <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a> later that year.<br /> <br /> But the elbow problem flared up again just before the first Test in New Zealand earlier this year, leading to concerns over Swann's long-term future.<br /> <br /> Fortunately the surgery appears to have been successful and Swann plans to be bowling by the end of next month and available for the return series against <a href="/tags/New-Zealand/post" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> in May which serves as a warm-up for the Ashes.<br /> <br /> "I feel great. I want to be back as soon as possible because I'm bored stupid already," Swann said on Thursday.<br /> <br /> "I think it would kill me if I sit down and watch too much cricket at the start of the summer without being an active part of it. I want to play as much as I can.<br /> <br /> "By the end of April I hope to be bowling. I don't know if that's realistic or not, but that's how my mind works.<br /> <br /> "The surgeon has reassured me it was a lot more straightforward this time.<br /> <br /> "In an ideal world I'd be fit and proving to the coach and captain that I'm bowling well to make the first Test of the summer.<br /> <br /> "That's my aim. Whether it's pie in the sky or too optimistic, that's the goal."<br /> <br /> England have long been concerned about Swann's elbow, part of the reason he has been one of the most frequent beneficiaries of their rotation policy, particularly in one-day cricket.<br /> <br /> The 34-year-old has previously cast doubt on his likely longevity at the top level but he was upbeat when asked about the future.<br /> <br /> "I'm not too worried. The hunger is still strong," he said.<br /> <br /> "I love Test cricket and I'll play as long as my body can stand it, whether that's 12 Tests or 112.<br /> <br /> "But I've not been worried about anything long term because I know I'll be fine.<br /> <br /> "The last time the operation I had was far more serious and the recovery was great — he was able to sort me out and get me fit for four years of unbelievable Test cricket.<br /> <br /> "I was bowling for three-and-a-half years relatively pain-free and that was one of the signs in New Zealand; all of a sudden I got a sore back, shoulder, abdominals.<br /> <br /> "It was all down to the fact the elbow wasn't working properly.<br /> <br /> "Now it's all clear and it should be right as rain.