Yet another serious injury for Kenneth Gangnes
Kenneth Gangnes, who already had to struggle with serious injuries in the past years, now sustained yet another serious knee injury.
The Norwegian, who, after many setbacks due to knee injuries, had the best season of his career so far last winter with his first World Cup win and the third place in the overall World Cup, tore the ACL in his left knee in a training jump in Stams (AUT) on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old already underwent successful surgery in Innsbruck the same evening. For him this was already the third knee surgery, after he had already suffered two ACL ruptures in his right knee.
"In the hospital it was diagnosed right away that the ACL was torn and the meniscus injured. That's why we decided that it would be best to do the surgery immediately", told Lars Haugvad, physical therapist of the Norwegian jumpers.
Despite this extremely bad news right before the start of the new season, the Norwegians keep their positive attitude. "Of course this is really bad, for Kenneth and for the whole Norwegian team. The timing for such an injury could have been worse, maybe Kenneth can come back at the end of the season", head coach Alexander Stoeckl is quoted on skiforbundet.no.
"The best we can do for Kenneth is that we have the best team in the world when he comes back", said sports director Clas Brede Brathen.