Knee injury ends season for Jernej Damjan

03 February 2016 09:14
Jernej Damjan
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FIS

The 2015/16 season is already over for Jernej Damjan. The Slovene has to undergo surgery due to a knee injury.

"The injury happened last year. At first it was painful for a week and I took an MRI but when the results came back three weeks after the injury I was feeling okay. My doctor said I have a small crack in my meniscus and he would operate it. But I did not want that at the moment because I felt no pain so I said I hope it will heal on its own. But it did not. It's getting worse so I had to say yes to an operation", the 32-year-old told FISskijumping.com.

In his last appearance in the World Cup in Nizhny Tagil in December, when he was not able to qualify for the competition, this meniscus injury already caused some problems. "The biggest problem was that I started to lean more on my healthy leg so my body got completely out of balance and I started to get a lot of problems on the hill. I was jumping more to the left and sometimes one ski was up and one down after the table. That explains my jumps in Nizhny Tagil last year when I was almost crashing."

After the surgery he will not be ruled out for long, but still the season is over for the 2014 Grand Prix winner. "This is a small operation but it is essential if I want to get back to top level ski jumping. I will be out for 3-4 weeks after the surgery. So it's not a big problem."

Considering the knee injury and the disappointing results he comes to a clear conclusion on this winter. "All I can say is: Forget it soon and come back stronger next year."