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Laura Verdonschot need to go under the knife, but first want to season kick off

Laura Verdonschot troubles with an injury to his right knee and will have a surgery to undergo. The 22-year-old veldrijdster, however, wants to first of the season off. That shared her team Marlux-Bingoal Thursday.

“The problem can only be resolved with an arthroscopy. And then I required four weeks of rest,” says Verdonschot. “To do that now, would, in practice, the end of my season mean. Therefore, I am trying to get the pain to verbijten and so the surgery until after the season. I can the problem not make things worse by continuing to scoot, though I must be careful to compensate.”

The problem surfaced two weeks back, shortly after the Scheldecross in Antwerp, where Verdonschot as third on the podium. During endurance training in the week and then choked her knee suddenly after half an hour of cycling. It was decided to have some rest in between, to adjust for the wereldbekercross of Names and specialist Toon Claes to consult. He found scar tissue at the level of the knee cap, more than likely the result of the bumping of the knee against an object, and friction with a protrusion at the kneecap afterwards.

Wednesday started Verdonschot in Heusden-Zolder. She was only nineteen, after a crash, ceased, but was not much affected by her knee injury. “I had very little burden. And also not today. I mainly suffer when I bike with long pants, much less with shorts. Plan is so to the christmas season, continue to work as planned: Friday, Loenhout, then, Diegem, and Baal, and Brussels. That sequence of crosses is ideal for the condition to rebuild after the mandatory rest.” Meanwhile, the knee is also three times per day treated the burden as much as possible.

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