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Liu Could be Back in Six Months
    2008-12-09 08:43:15     China Daily

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, China's star hurdler Liu Xiang takes an escalator at the Los Angeles International Airport in the United States to transfer his flight to Houston on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008.[Photo: Xinhua]

China's 110m hurdles world champion Liu Xiang could be back on the running track in May after successful foot surgery in the United States, local media reported on Monday.

The 2004 Olympic gold medallist, who was robbed of the chance of defending his title in Beijing in August by injury, underwent a three-hour operation on his damaged right Achilles' tendon in Houston last Friday.

"We felt he did very well through the surgery," surgeon Thomas Clanton, who also helped Houston Rockets' Chinese centre Yao Ming recover from a foot stress fracture last year, told the China Daily.

"His prognosis for running in the future is quite good."

Liu left the hospital in a wheelchair on Sunday looking relaxed, the paper added.

"The doctor said the rehabilitation needs some six months and we are not trying to rush him back to training," said Liu's long-time coach and mentor Sun Haiping, adding that the 25 year old would remain in Houston to recuperate.

Liu had four pieces of bone removed from the Achilles tendon, including a bone spur between the tendon and the ankle bone which was the cause of his withdrawl before his first-round heat at the Bird's Nest in August.

"His physical condition is very good, which will make his rehabilitation faster than for normal people," said Sun.

"He may start jogging after Chinese New Year (in late January)."

 
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