Here we go again… Ever since the Val Gardena downhill I've had a strange feeling in my knee. Something didn't seem right. We did MRI scans and manual checkups, but couldn't really determine 100% if something was wrong or not. After trying the training runs in Wengen I made up my mind. Something's not right…,and we needed to figure out what. Together with the medical team I took the decision to do another surgery. What they found was a meniscus that was no longer attached to the bone. That's no good in a downhill course… Meniscus not attached means no function, and no function means every landing on a jump and every hit to the knee is painful. The good part is that there are great chances of this being much better next winter. The bad part is that it's back to the crutches and no more skiing this winter… Hmmmm. Sounds familiar.. But if it can be better next year, it's more than worth it:)
Aksel Lund Svindal in action at Val d'Isere last month. Photo: Cornelius Poppe/NTB Scanpix
“The good part is that there are great chances of this being much better next winter. The bad part is that it's back to the crutches and no more skiing this winter,” the 34-year-old wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of him in a hospital bed.
Svindal injured cruciate ligaments in his right knee during a fall in the downhill at Kitzbuehel, Austria, in January 2016.
He was then absent from this season's opener in October, postponing his return to competition until early December, when he finished second in the super-G in Val d'Isere.
At the end of December, Svindal said his right knee had been bothering him since the Val Gardena downhill on December 17, where he also came in second, and he opted out of even racing in Wengen last weekend.