Viktor Axelsen poised to return to action after ankle surgery

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Wish Viktor Axelsen a speedy recovery. (photo: AP)
Wish Viktor Axelsen a speedy recovery. (photo: AP)

Copenhagen: The 2017 men’s singles World champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is back in training after his ankle surgery that could keep him out of international competition for several weeks.

Viktor Axelsen pulled out from the prestigious All England tournament, has stepped up his recovery by returning to training with his coach on Wednesday. The whole training session only took somewhere between 45 to 60 minutes.

“He was able to stand up and to go through some light training that has no real impact on his foot,” said Denmark’s badminton chief coach Kenneth Jonassen.

Viktor Axelsen had an amazing year in 2017, in which he won the World Championships title, a victory in the Dubai Super Series Finals and was ranked as the World No. 1 player.

However, in the bid to repeat his successes, he suffered the ankle injury at the 2018 Indonesia Masters, which forced him to pull out from the tournament and had to undergo a surgery to fix the joint muscles problem in his ankle.

“I think he’s feeling better because he’s able to hit some shuttlecocks. Of course, he would like to recover as soon as possible, but it takes time and we must wait for him to completely recovered,” added Jonassen.

Jonassen also said that he is expecting Axelsen to put on more training next week, but the World No. 1 player would have to receive permission from the physiotherapists before he can put more pressure on his ankle during the training.

“We are looking for Axelsen to start playing at the European Championships at the end of April. Fortunately, we still have plenty of time for him to get healthy before that tournament,” said Jonassen.

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