Saina Nehwal is hoping to return to the courts by the end of next month
Saina Nehwal may return to courts by the end of October

With her recuperation from a knee injury going ahead smoothly, India’s star shuttler Saina Nehwal is wanting to come back to the courts by the end of next month.

“Not before end (of) October, so I will miss tournaments till that time. I am world No.8 at present, it may go down further,” Saina said.

“We have already done six weeks of rehab and still five to six more weeks are to be put before I go to courts for practice”.

The 26-year-old shuttler, who won a bronze medal award in the 2012 London Olympics, wants to play competitions booked for November on the off chance that she is match-fit by then.

“May be tournaments slated in November if everything goes well,” she said, when asked which event she planned play next.

Her rehab programme, following a surgery to the right knee at a Mumbai hospital last month, has been going on smoothly, she said.

“I am fine; the rehab plan is working nicely under the guidance of Heath Matthews, Head Sports Medicine, Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital, in Mumbai. I am highly thankful to them and Ms Chandan Poddar, physio, for the help,” she adedd.

Saina Nehwal had sustained an intra-articular injury (inside the joint) to her right knee and a small fragment of bone has separated from her patella (knee cap bone), the doctors who treated her had said.

Saina sustained the injury early August and it got aggravated during the Rio Olympics.

We have to learn a lot from the present scenario and improve further. Academies manned with good coaches will help produce better talent,” Saina said.

Saina also congratulated Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu, her former colleague at the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, for her grand achievement.


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