With the terrible injury news inflicted on England's fans about Kevin Pietersen, they couldn't have been blamed for feeling despondent. However Swann has declared after his recent elbow surgery that his elbow has ''never felt better''
While Swann expects to play his first match of the season for his domestic side Nottinghamshire against Durham next week. This will be his only chance to play first-class cricket before the first Test of the season against New Zealand at Lord's on May 16th. Although there is one more chance of game time if the selectors should feel he needs more overs, when the England Lions take on New Zealand.
While Nottinghamshire have been playing Derbyshire, Swann has taken the opportunity to bowl in the nets and feeling no ill effects despite the operation removing ''13 or 14'' pieces of bone from his right elbow. Swann had wanted to participate in Nottinghamshire's current game but the elbow had started to swell up.
"I was actually hoping to play this week against Derby but it just swelled up a little bit and I was told to get back in my box. I'm very happy now but this is the last time in my career I will have elbow surgery."
However he had the occasional doubt that the surgery would be a success,
"You go through a mixture of emotions," he said. "You have the panic, then the optimism, then the odd pessimistic day pops its head out of nowhere. But the surgery wasn't as serious as last time and my rehab has gone perfectly."
Although England will be delighted to have him back for the series with New Zealand, many will be hoping he makes it through safely and in one piece for the historic Ashes series. With Australia packing their side with left-handed batsmen Swann will be licking his lips at the chance to test them.
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