Knee injuries to Susanne Riesch, Swiss Schild, Kreuzer
German slalom specialist Susanne Riesch sustained an injury in her left knee while training downhill in Nevados de Chillan on Wednesday. The initial diagnosis in the local hospital indicated an injury to the top part of her left shin bone. Susanne Riesch is currently travelling back to Europe for further examination at home in Germany. The German Ski Association reports that the German ladies' head coach Thomas Stauffer is afraid that she will miss several months of training and racing.
UPDATE: Back home in Germany on Saturday, Riesch underwent a two-hour surgery to repair a fracture of the left tibia, a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a meniscus injury. Doctors expect her recovery to take around six months.
“I knew immediately that I was seriously hurt," said Susanne Riesch of the crash. "The first surgery is done. Now I am recovering, and then it is time for the cruciate ligament. Then I’ll focus on the rehabilitation to be able to attack in the World Cup full again."
The Swiss team too is impacted by two injuries:
The knee injury sustained by Ralf Kreuzer in Argentina has turned out to be more severe than initially hoped. 28-year-old Kreuzer was operated on as planned on Tuesday in Muttenz (SUI) which revealed an injury to his ACL. Kreuzer had injured the same ACL before in 2006 and is likely to miss the 2011/12 season due to this injury after having just returned to racing after another serious injury last season.
"I am doing well given the circumstances. The operation went without problems," commented Kreuzer. "My first goal is to get back on my feet and healthy again. I am not thinking about the continuation of my career yet."
Martina Schild from the Swiss ladies speed team fell in super-G training in Zermatt on Sunday, hurting her left knee. The MRI showed a sprain of the internal collateral ligament. The 29-year-old will miss a few weeks of skiing however is expected to return during 2011/12 season.