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Russians Remain Confident in Komova, Mustafina Return
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After undergoing surgery in Germany, Russian superstars Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova are focusing on rehabilitation with the full support of the national team.


Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova (Russia)

"We very much believe in their recovery," national coach Valentina Rodionenko told "Rossiskaya Gazeta" newspaper Tuesday.

Mustafina, the 2010 world all-around champion, underwent surgery April 13 in a clinic outside Munich to repair the ACL she tore at the European championships in Berlin. She returned to Munich on May 15 for a check-up, accompanied by Komova, who sprained and fractured her ankle in December.

German specialists at the Sporthopaedicum Clinic elected to operate on Komova after examining her ankle, which so far has failed to heal on its own. Komova, all-around champion at the 2010 Junior Europeans and Youth Olympic Games, underwent arthroscopic surgery May 19.

Komova is expected to be out six to eight weeks, but her family is optimistic of the outcome, father Alexander Komov told IG on the day of her surgery.

"We also hope everything will be OK," Komov said.

The two stars will remain in Germany until May 30, and are set to return four weeks later for a checkup.

Mustafina will miss the 2011 Worlds because of the injury, but the coaches are hopeful she will be 100 percent for the 2012 Olympics.

"The doctor who operated on Aliya is pleased with how she's recovering," Rodionenko said. "Football and tennis players return from similar injuries. So the prognosis for Aliya is very good."

Komova, a first-year senior, could make a full recovery before this year's world championships, scheduled for October in Tokyo.

"I really hope that Vika will return and will delight her fans at many competitions!" her father said.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

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