England bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan has confirmed he will make a return to action in a fortnight's time following an injury-enforced lay-off.
The 28-year-old, who was named in a 30-man England Performance Squad for the 2013 summer international season on Tuesday, underwent an operation on his troublesome right elbow in February and subsequently missed the tour of New Zealand. However the Yorkshireman is pencilled in to play in the three-day friendly against Roses rivals Lancashire at Headingley, which starts on April 16.
Speaking at the club's media day, Bresnan said: "That's what we are targeting, myself and the England physio and medical team. It would be wise to go into a friendly first up, just in case. I'm hoping to be fully fit and take a full part in that game and all the other games after that until hopefully England come calling."
Bresnan, whose last appearance was in a one-day international victory over India in January, is delighted to be back bowling after a tough rehabilitation period.
"I had 10 days, 10 hours a day and then all night on a machine called Continuous Passive Motion," he explained. "It's not a lot of fun. You can sleep with it, just about. They give you some decent painkillers to get you off to sleep with it. You are kind of sat down for two weeks really.
"I've done quite a bit (of bowling), starting off just into a crash mat at Bisham Abbey and ever since I got back from there I have been bowling pretty much three times a week at the boys in the nets.
"There has been no reaction whatsoever. We are building it up, it's probably 80 per cent now off a three-quarter run. It feels good, it feels better than it did before I had the operation."
After several weeks on the sidelines, Bresnan admits he faces a battle to win back his England place ahead of a busy 12 months of Test cricket, including back-to-back Ashes series.
"It's going to be difficult," he said. "I need to get some wickets early season when I get back fit, but they are monitoring things. I think the selection for the first Test is up to the selectors, but hopefully if I'm fully fit I will be on the sheet.
"It's back-to-back Ashes and New Zealand coming up, don't take anything away from them. They played exceptionally well on their home turf and we won't be underestimating that series whatsoever."