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12/08/2014 09:47
Volkov does not rule out retirement if knee trauma persists
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Kazan, Russia, August 12, 2014.  Zenit KAZAN’s middle blocker Alexander Volkov does not rule out retirement if he continues to feel pain in his knee when on the volleyball court.  The 29-year-old Russian international who was part of the Tatar squad that finished fourth in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men sustained a meniscus injury back in April and underwent surgery in May, but it is still unclear whether he will be able to recover completely.

The 210-cm-tall volleyballer himself admitted in an ITAR-TASS interview that this time the trauma may definitively put an end to his competitive career.  “I am working on my recovery in Kazan.  At this point I could not yet say how my knee feels, because I should not put it under strain yet,” Volkov explained.  “In the end of August or the beginning of September I am going to Italy for testing.  It is practically impossible to make any prediction about the timeline of my rehabilitation; we cannot even say if everything is going to be alright or not.  It will be unclear until I get on a heavier training load, including volleyball exercises and moves.  Everything depends on how my knee will behave.  For now I am following a special exercise program prepared by the specialists in Italy.”

Alexander Volkov actually injured his knee during the 2012 Olympic Games and missed the 2012-2013 season.  He was back on the court for season 2013-2014 and helped his Zenit qualify for the Final Four of the Champions League in Ankara where he was honored with the Fair Play Award.  Volkov continued to be part of Zenit’s successful performances through the Final Six of the domestic championship in Russia, but this is when his knee gave up on him again and caused him to miss the semifinal and the gold medal match which led the team from Kazan to the national title.

“If the knee does not recover well and causes me pain during training and matches, I do not want to say it, but I may have to end my career,” Volkov continued.  “But let me not think about the worst, better focus on the best.  I am not making any guesses and I still hope that everything will be alright.”

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