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Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma suffers Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is expected to be out of action for approximately six months after suffering a horrific knee injury in the Blues’ draw with Manchester United yesterday.  The France defender was in agony as he landed awkwardly from a challenge midway through the second half of the clash at Stamford Bridge.  The 21-year-old has found his feet again under Guus Hiddink but he’s now expected to miss Euro 2016 following injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.  The defender took to Twitter today to confirm that he requires surgery on his ACL and the recovery time from such injuries spans from between six to nine months.

Metro 16.2.2016

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Lindsey Vonn suffers fractured knee in Soldeu fall

Lindsey Vonn suffered a hairline fracture to her left knee after a fall in Andorra on Saturday but says she could even be fit to race on Sunday.  The American, who has a history of knee injuries, started well in poor visibility but failed to hold a corner in the latter stages of the course and crashed off the piste in Soldeu.  The race was interrupted for around 10 minutes as Vonn lay on the snow surrounded by medical staff and coaches before being transported off the hill on a ski-stretcher.  The 31-year-old was unable to stand and was taken to an Andorra hospital, but despite saying she would not get a scan on the injury until Monday, Vonn is not ruling out competing in Sunday’s super-combined race at the same venue.  “Got caught in the soft snow today and crashed pretty hard. X-rays showed I have a hairline fracture in my left knee and will get an MRI on Monday,” Vonn wrote on her Instagram account next to a picture of her knee with a large ice pack on it.

“I will wait and see how I feel tomorrow to decide if I can race. Will keep you updated.”

The race had been due to start in mid-morning, but was delayed for three hours because of the difficult conditions, with strong winds and snowfall also forcing organisers to lower the start.  Chasing her fifth title, Vonn is leading the overall World Cup standings and was 23 points clear of Lara Gut of Switzerland ahead of the Soldeu race.  She claimed her 76th World Cup victory last month, taking her closer to the overall record of 86 held by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark.  The race was won by Italy’s Federica Brignone who went out early before the snowfall increased in intensity.  She clocked 57.33secs on a shortened course, 0.13secs clear of American Laurenne Ross and 0.37secs better than Tamara Tippler of Austria.  “When I went down it was really good,” Brignone said. “It was not the best conditions for the best racers, but I took advantage of my luck.”  Gut could only finish in 16th place, meaning that she took 15 points to move to within eight points of the stricken Vonn in the standings.

Sky News 27/02/16

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Kobe Bryant Achilles tendon rupture

Kobe Bryant Ruptures Achilles Tendon

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant could be sidelined for up to nine months after tearing his Achilles tendon, the team said Saturday. An MRI later confirmed the tear.

“Bryant elected to have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon,” the team said. “The successful surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group. Recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six to nine months.”

A ruptured Achilles could take up to a year to heal. Bryant has previously said that next season could be his last in the NBA. This is the 16th season in the league for the 34-year-old. Asked if the timetable means Bryant will be back next season, trainer Gary Vitti said on Twitter “that’s the plan.” Bryant reacted with disappointment on social media after the injury.  “This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??

“I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me.”

Later, Bryant called the injury the first step in a new challenge. “One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day,” he wrote. The post received more than 136,000 likes. According to an earlier tweet from the Lakers, Bryant could tell what the injury was before seeing a doctor. “I was just hoping it wasn’t what I thought it was,” Bryant said, according to the tweet. Bryant is the NBA’s fourth all-time leading scorer, and he currently ranks among the top three in the NBA in scoring this season, averaging 27.3 points. This season, he has averaged 5.6 rebounds, a team-high 6.0 assists, 1.36 steals and 38.6 minutes in 78 games.

CNN News

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