Stoch and Wellinger sidelined due to injury
Double Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch of Poland and Germany's Andreas Wellinger will miss the next World Cups due to injuries.
Kamil Stoch sustained an ankle injury before the World Cup opening in Klingenthal, that already prevented him from participating in the first competitions of the season. The 27-year-old now wanted to start jumping training again on Wednesday, but already during warm-up the pain of the injury appeared again. Now the Pole will have to undergo surgery and will be sidelined for two to three weeks.
Also Andreas Wellinger will not be able to compete for a while. The German suffered a spinal sprain and dislocated the sternoclavicular joint when he fell in Kuusamo last weekend. He will not need surgery, the injuries will be treated conservatively.
The 19-year-old will need a break from training to recover. "The fall and the injuries are very annoying, especially because the mistake which caused it, was avoidable. Unfortunately I will not be able to take part in the next World Cups. But on the other hand I'm glad that I didn't suffer more serious injuries. Now I want to be able to return to the hill and jump again as soon as possible."
"We analysed the reasons for the fall on various levels and noticed a personal mistake in the first phase of the jump. The conditions were not easy, but it was possible to carry out the competition. Andreas was highly motivated after his good training jumps and wanted to show this in the competition as well. He is an intelligent athlete and so he will learn to better adjust his jumping technique to the conditions. Now he has to focus on the rehabilitation so that he can start jumping training again soon", head coach Werner Schuster is quoted in a media release of the German Ski Association (DSV).