Palander to have op, future in doubt
Kalle Palander is set to return to the operating table after falling at the opening giant slalom event of the season in Soelden.
The Finn, who only returned in November last year from a lengthy period out through injury, sustained a torn knee ligament and a broken meniscus at the World Cup meeting in Austria last weekend.
Palander, 34, will go under the knife in mid-November, according to the Finnish skiing federation.
The setback is the latest in a career that has been beset by injury problems.
The 14-times World Cup discipline winner was operated on for the first time in February 2008 after sustaining a stress fracture of the left tibia before he had more surgery eight months later after complications arose.
He again injured the same leg at the start of the 2009-10 season, putting an end to his hopes of competing at the Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Palander's season appears to over, prompting doubts over his future in the sport.