German aces Felix Neureuther and Viktoria Rebensburg will not compete in upcoming World Cup races due to injury and illness. Neureuther is unable to start in the Val d’Isere giant slalom after suffering a back contusion and thumb injury in a training accident yesterday, while Rebensburg is sidelined in St. Moritz with a bad cold.
On Thursday, Neureuther crashed during giant slalom training in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, suffering a back contusion and a capsular tear in his right thumb. After his fall, the 29-year-old was treated by DSV team physician Dr. Ernst-Otto Muench, and it was determined that surgery is not required.
“I will do everything in order to start at least on Sunday in the slalom,” Neureuther explained in his home community.
Rebensburg has been plagued by sinusitis and persistent bronchitis for several weeks, but she was still hoping to start in St. Moritz . Unfortunately, her health has not improved as desired. On the recommendation of DSV team physician Dr. Johannes Scherr, the 24-year-old will sit out of the upcoming super G and giant slalom competitions.
“A start in the World Cup would be counterproductive in her current state of health,” said Dr. Johannes Scherr. Rebensburg will now shift her attention to fully recovering from the illness.
“I have to accept the medical advice, even if it is difficult for me. I hope to be able to attack next weekend in Val d’Isere again,” said Rebensburg.
Release courtesy of DSV