Nordic Combined - Stecher out with knee injury

Austrian nordic combined ace Mario Stecher is facing a spell away from the slopes after sustaining a knee injury in training in Seefeld.

Nordic Combined - Stecher out with knee injury

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Austria's Mario Stecher jumps during the World Cup Nordic Combined team jumping competition in Oberstdorf (AFP)

Stecher, who currently sits seventh on this season's individual leaderboard, landed badly after attempting a long jump during the session in Tirol.

The veteran of five Winter Olympic Games underwent surgery on the same knee last year.

Further tests will be conducted before a conclusive diagnosis is given but Stecher has already been ruled out of the weekend's meeting in Schonach, where he will be replaced by Tomaz Druml in the Austrian team.

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