Lehikoinen looks towards next season

It's been a season to forget for the Finland's Matti Lehikoinen, with his latest crash in training...

It's been a season to forget for the Finland's Matti Lehikoinen, with his latest crash in training at the Canberra World Cup last weekend taking him out of action for the duration of the 2008 season.

Lehikoinen returned home to Finland on Monday, after he decided to have surgery in his home country rather than in Australia. He broke the radius bone in both of his hands, with the right hand being worse than the left. There's still no 100% confirmation on the condition on his scaphoid bones in both hands at the moment, but the possibility of fractures does exist and will need to be explored with his doctors.

His estimated recovery time is at least eight weeks, so Lehikoinen is now looking to the 2009 season.

Before boarding his flight home, Lehikoinen summed up a mediocre year. "This season was really bad for me. Eight weeks recovery time means that I will have been out of game for seven months out of the past 13 months. So now I can forget this unlucky season and concentrate on next year."

(Additional editorial assistance provided by Tomas Nilsson.)

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