Palander to have op, future in doubt

Fri, 28 Oct 04:19:00 2011

Kalle Palander is set to return to the operating table after falling at the opening giant slalom event of the season in Soelden.

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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.


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