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Figure skating: Injured Hanyu expects to return to good health in '3 to 4 weeks'

Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu crouches after falling during practice on Nov. 9, 2017, a day before the start of the NHK Trophy competition at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium in Osaka. (Mainichi)

Figure skating star Yuzuru Hanyu expects to return to good health "in three to four weeks" after he sustained an injury to his ankle during practice before a competition earlier this month, according to his comment released via the Japan Skating Federation on Nov. 12.

The Sochi Olympics gold medalist injured the lateral ligament in his right ankle during practice on Nov. 9 for the NHK Trophy and pulled out of the event. Hanyu said he was told by doctors that he needs to "take a complete rest for 10 days" before starting rehabilitation. He also suggested he was aiming to return to the ice by the Japan Figure Skating Championship (Dec. 21-24), which will serve as a final screening to select skaters to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics next year.

Skating federation director Yoshiko Kobayashi said she hoped Hanyu could make a comeback at the championship. She added, "We want to support his determination to prioritize his return (to the ice)."

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