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Mustafina On The Road To Recovery from Back Injury
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Russian star Aliya Mustafina is taking a break from competition to rest and heal from a nagging back injury.

Russian star Aliya Mustafina is taking a break from competition to rest and heal from a nagging back injury, Russian team coach Valentina Rodionenko told the Russian media.

Originally scheduled to compete at last weekend's Glasgow World Cup competition, Mustafina withdrew because of a long-term back injury that was aggravated at last month's World Cup competition in Stuttgart. In Stuttgart, Mustafina finished fifth with uncharacteristic falls off balance beam and uneven bars.

In early December, Mustafina travelled to Munich to seek answers from medical experts concerning her lingering back injury. The diagnosis was positive in the fact that no surgery would be needed at this time. It was determined that she has an inflammation of the lumbar spine. It is expected that two weeks of treatments and additional rehab will be all that is needed for Mustafina to return to full training by early 2015.

Rodionenko is optimistic that the 11-time world medalist will be ready for next year's individual European championships to be held in Montpellier, France.

"Aliya is being treated conservatively," Rodionenko said. "I think everything will be fine. I have no doubt she will recover in time for the next European championships."

This year's international season draws to a close with several annual competitions including the Mikhail Voronin Cup in Moscow. Russian Olympians Ksenia Afanasyeva and Anastasia Grishina, who missed the world championships, are scheduled to compete in their own bids to successful comebacks. Viktoria Komova had been planning to complete but withdrew with a sore ankle.

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