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Viktor Axelsen undergoes surgery, highly doubtful for All England Open

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677   //    20 Feb 2018, 17:02 IST

Perodua Malaysia Masters 2018
Viktor Axelsen

What’s the story?

World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen recently underwent an ankle surgery which has rendered him highly doubtful for the prestigious All England Open to be held from 14-18 March. The world champion announced the news on his Instagram account, adding that he is now looking at a recovery period of 3-5 weeks.

In case you didn’t know

The world champion picked up in 2018 from where he left last season. He won his first tournament of the year -- the Malaysia Masters. With that stellar performance, he very much looked like an early contender for the All England Open title, until injury struck him the very next week at the Indonesia Masters.

Due to that, the Dane could not defend his title at the India Open.

The heart of the matter

Axelsen suffered the ankle injury during his second round clash with the World No. 21 Kazumasa Sakai at the Indonesia Masters. The top-ranked shuttler was coming off a title win at the Malaysia Masters and was expected to continue his winning streak.

But he made a bad landing on his left foot towards the end of a very competitive first game and was ultimately forced to retire in the second, while trailing 20-22, 7-11. The Dane opted for rest with the hope that the ankle would heal fully but it provided him little relief.

After consulting with multiple experts, Axelsen then went ahead with a surgery last Thursday to remove the debris that was getting caught in the ankle joint. While there was no cartilage damage, the surgical procedure will keep him away for 3-5 weeks. The numero uno player expressed his disappointment at his likely pullout from the All England Open.

Hi everyone. I want to give you a quick update on yesterday’s ankle surgery. It was a success! The surgeon removed the debris that was getting caught in the ankle joint and no cartilage damage was present which is great! According to the surgeon I’m looking at a recovery of at least 3-5 weeks. Resting this long will try my patience as I’m a guy who likes to stay active!!! However, it’s important that I don’t try to rush things, injure something and return to the surgeon’s table again 😝! This also means that I probably won’t get to play All England this year which I’m highly disappointed about as this tournament has such a phenomenal history and atmosphere about it. Yet, I fully realize that it’s of the utmost importance that I allow my foot to fully heal 100% so that it does not become a reoccurring issue in the future. I’ll keep you updated on the recovery. Thanks again for all the support; you guys are the best! Looking forward to get back to work as soon as my foot allows it 🙏 大家好,昨天我左脚的手术进行得很顺利,给我带来问题的小骨头已经被取出来了。我脚踝的软骨整体看起来很好,不过我仍然需要一些时间养伤,好让我的脚痊愈。非常感谢你们的每一条留言,抱歉让大家担心了,我会常常更新我的状态,让大家知道我的情况。🙏

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What’s next?

If Axelsen misses the All England Open, his comeback will likely be at the European Championships, where he reached the semi-finals last year. It is scheduled to be held from 24-29 April.

Author’s take

It is indeed a major setback, especially after the way he began the season. At the same time, it is extremely importance that a player allows himself proper recovery time so that the problem does not become a recurring issue.

Axelsen talked about exactly that in his post and will surely not rush things.

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