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Three Romanians Face Recovery
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Ana Porgras (Romania)

Injured Romanians Gabriela Dragoi, Cerasela Patrascu and Ana Porgras traveled to Milan last week for a consultation with Italian doctors.

The three gymnasts traveled with teammates Sandra Izbasa and Daniela Druncea, who competed in the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.

"It was no surprise what the doctors told us there," head coach Nicolae Forminte said. "The diagnoses were the same as those given in our own country. There is no issue with the diagnosis, but how to go about treatment and recovery. We're taking things a bit more easily right now, because we don't want to work with girls who haven't completely recovered yet, to prevent their injuries from getting worse."

Patrascu suffered an injured meniscus landing her dismount from uneven bars at the European Championships, held in April in France. She underwent knee surgery with the hope of making Romania's Olympic team in August, but was unable to make a full recovery in time. She since underwent a second operation on her right knee.

Patrascu is still unable to train, Forminte said. She turns 16 on Dec. 23.

"She'll have to wait two more months because we're not sure yet whether the cartilage where she had the arthroscopy will recover," he said. "There are signs that things are going well now, but we will have to wait a little while longer. Now everything depends on her and on how much she wishes to fight to return."

Junior Ana Porgras will need knee surgery on her left knee to repair a detached ligament. Porgras, the 2008 Junior European champion on balance beam, turns 15 on Dec. 18.

"The Federation officials are discussing the surgery with her family right now," Forminte said. "Her family will have the last word on whether the surgery will take place, and if so, in which city and in which country."

Dragoi, a member of Romania's bronze medal-winning team at the 2008 Olympics, is recovering from a slight injury and is expected to return to training soon.

Izbasa, the 2008 Olympic champion on floor exercise, is the only Romanian in top competitive shape, Forminte has said. She is scheduled to compete at the upcoming World Cup Final, Dec. 13-14 in Madrid.

Source: ProSport

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