Grange back on operating table

05 April 2012 16:35

A year after his last operation, Jean-Baptiste Grange will have to undergo surgery again, this time on his right knee that he sprained during a training session last week. The operation will take place on Wednesday, 11th April at the hospital of La Caravelle in Lyon.

The French world champion in slalom also had an operation ​in March 2011. "A control MRI performed earlier this week helped clarify the situation and showed an 80% rupture in the knee ligaments. A surgery is needed," said the French Ski Federation (FFS) on Thursday.

The 27-year-old skier who just finished his first season without a World Cup podium since 2007, will face another setback in his preparations for the 2013 and 2014 seasons with title events.

Grange suffered an ACL injury in his right knee in December 2009, and missed the Vancouver 2010 Games. Then he injured his left shoulder in December 2010, after a comeback victory in Levi (Finland). This injury required an operation in March 2011. During the past season Grange struggled with back problems and closed the season with his best slalom result a 22nd rank.