Marcus Sandell out for 3 weeks
Finnish ski racer Marcus Sandell was operated on his hand in Helsinki on Tuesday. The operation went well and Sandell expects to return to racing in three weeks in North America.
"Everything went quite well. They put in three screws into the hand and all is looking well. The bones fit well together but now I cannot train or sweat for five days. Altogether I need to take it easy for 10 days - I can do some motion exercises and muscle strength," said Sandell after the operation.
Sandell's hand is in a cast which will be removed with the stiches. Afterwards he will need to wear a similar brace he had in the opening in Sölden.
"The surgeon Jarkko Vasenius recommended to me not to put the hand under much stress in the next three weeks. The start, pole use and tougher runs might cause the hand too much pressure so it is better to take some time and allow it to heal properly. I will delay my departure for North America from 12th November to the week thereafter, and then will need some good skiing days to be ready for Beaver Creek and other races," Sandell summarized.
The foot that had to be anesthetized in Sölden does not need special treament but should recover parallel with the hand.
"It should heal on its own. It really hurt after the race and I could not really walk. Now that I have been stationary it already feels better. The whole operation went relatively easy. It actually feels good to take a small break after the tough training in recent weeks but I am already looking forward to returning on the slopes and to racing. My skiing in Sölden did not present the real picture of where I am, now I just need to get back to normal routine and skiing speed," commented Sandell.