"It (recovery process) is progressing quite well and I will need 14 to 16 weeks to return to competitive cricket," Tendulkar said on his return at the Mumbai airport.
"I have been given a programme (by the doctors) to follow. I will go back to London to consult the doctor again," said the ace batsman who underwent surgery for his tennis elbow in London last month.
Tendulkar refused to be drawn into a conversation about newly appointed national team coach Greg Chappell.
"I need to meet him," said the champion player who is set to miss India's first international campaign in the new season -- the triangular series in Sri Lanka in July-August.
Tendulkar played the entire series against Pakistan after missing the early part of the Test series against Australia in October.
His latest injury woes started in August last year which forced him to miss the triangular series in Holland, the NatWest Challenge Series against England and the ICC Champions Trophy, besides the first two Tests against Australia at home.