Rest, rehab, then return in Saina’s future

Indian star Saina Nehwal (pictured) is looking forward to 3 weeks of rest after being discharged from a hospital in Mumbai following knee surgery, according to a report today in […]

Indian star Saina Nehwal (pictured) is looking forward to 3 weeks of rest after being discharged from a hospital in Mumbai following knee , according to a report today in the Mumbai Mirror.

Saina had apparently been experiencing knee pain starting shortly before leaving for Rio but she completed both of her group stage matches, losing the second to Ukrainian Marija Ulitina.  Her surgery apparently involved the removal of a protruding piece of bone.  Now she is expected to rest for three weeks before beginning rehab in Hyderabad and it will be about four months before she can return to the circuit.

This means that the world #5 will most likely miss the last 6 events of the 2016 tour, as well as the Finals in Dubai.  However she may be back in time for the 2017 or for some of the winter Grand Prix Gold events in Europe or Asia.

Photo: Yves Lacroix  for Badmintonphoto

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