Copenhagen: Former World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen who has not played at any international tournaments since he was defeated by fellow countryman Anders Antonsen in the Denmark Open quarter-finals on October 18th, confirmed that he would start his official training within the next three weeks, and was hoping to compete in the fourth season of India’s Premier Badminton League (PBL) which will begin in Mumbai on December 22 while the final will be held in Bengaluru on January 13, 2019.
In a video he posted online, the 24-year-old Axelsen who pulled out from the French Open at the end of October citing foot injury, said he had started an 8-week rehab period for his foot injury, and he still has three more weeks left for the treatment.
“After the world championships, I got few scans and found out about bone bruise in the tibialis area at my right ankle,” said Axelsen.
“I played few tournaments on it with a little bit of pain. After Denmark Open, it was pretty bad, and I’ve decided to start my rehab.”
“And right now I am at week 5 of the treatment, and I am slowly getting back in court and good intensity training.”
“I am a happier person when I am on court than when I am not, so I am really happy to be back to practice.”
Axelsen admitted he still not at the level he wanted to be yet, but aiming to get back to competition in the next few weeks.
The Denmark badminton star was also looking to kick off the 2019 season by playing at the Malaysia Masters (Jan 15 to Jan 20, 2019) and Indonesia Masters (Jan 22 to Jan 27, 2019).