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Lindsey Vonn in horror ski crash in Austria – pictures and video

American skier Vonn airlifted to hospital with leg injury after horror crash in Austria

PUBLISHED:

14:58 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:52 GMT, 5 February 2013

Lindsey Vonn was taken to a hospital by helicopter after crashing and suffering serious injuries in the super-G race at the World Ski Championships.

Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, lost balance on her right leg while landing after a jump. Her ski came off immediately, and Vonn slid off course and hit a gate before coming to a halt.

The American received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being taken to the hospital.

US Ski Team medical director Kyle Wilkens said she was suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, plus a lateral tibial plateau fracture.

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Crash: American skier Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to hospital after a horror crash in the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria this afternoon

Crash: American skier Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to hospital after a horror crash in the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria this afternoon

Speed: Vonn lost balance on her right leg while jumping and her ski flew off straight away. She appeared to land on her right knee

Speed: Vonn lost balance on her right leg while jumping and her ski flew off straight away. She appeared to land on her right knee

Airlift: Vonn received 12 minutes of treatment on the slopes before being taken away by helicopter

Airlift: Vonn received 12 minutes of treatment on the slopes before being taken away by helicopter

Lindsey Vonn airlifted to hospital after crash

A statement on the US Ski Team’s official website confirmed: 'She will be out for the remainder of this season but is expected to return to racing for the 2013-14 Audi FIS World Cup season and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.'

The crash came almost exactly one year before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Recovery scene: The hospital where Vonn is being treated after being airlifted (below)

Recovery scene: The hospital where Vonn is being treated after being airlifted (below)

Airlifted to hospital

Airlifted to hospital

Vonn returned to the circuit last
month after taking an almost month-long break from racing to fully
recover from an intestinal illness that put her in a hospital for two
days in November.

It was recently reported that Vonn had hired bodyguards to handle the increased media scrutiny of her personal life after rumours she was dating golfer Tiger Woods.

VIDEO: Vonn receives treatment on the slopes

Shock: Tina Maze of Slovenia, the race leader, reacts after seeing the crash on the big screen

Shock: Tina Maze of Slovenia, the race leader, reacts after seeing the crash on the big screen

Rescue: Vonn received medical attention on the piste before being flown to hospital

Rescue: Vonn received medical attention on the piste before being flown to hospital

The helicopter carrying skier Lindsey Vonn to hospital

Poster girl: Vonn's personal life has been the subject of increasing media attention in the States

Poster girl: Vonn's personal life has been the subject of increasing media attention in the States

Pin-up girl: Vonn pictured at a Tiger Woods Foundation event in Last Vegas in April last year

Pin-up girl: Vonn pictured at a Tiger Woods Foundation event in Last Vegas in April last year

Vonn trailed Tina Maze of Slovenia, who won gold, by 0.12 seconds shortly before the crash.

Maze won the race in 1 minute, 35.39 seconds, beating Lara Gut of Switzerland by 0.38. Julia Mancuso of the United States came 0.52 behind in third.

The race, which was postponed for 3 hours because of fog, continued after another 15-minute delay.

Several racers struggled with the conditions.

'It's not a very difficult course but in some parts you couldn't see anything,' Fabienne Suter of Switzerland said.

American skier Lindsey Vonn

Win: Vonn smiles after winning the giant slalom event in Maribor, Slovenia, last week

Win: Vonn smiles after winning the giant slalom event in Maribor, Slovenia, last week

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia

Raheem Sterling set to sign Liverpool deal but Martin Kelly snubs 35k-a-week contract

Sterling set to sign Liverpool deal but Kelly snubs 35k-a-week contract

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 15 December 2012

Liverpool are confident they are close
to persuading teenage winger Raheem Sterling to sign a new, long-term
contract but have been rebuffed in their attempts to tie down a second
young England star in Martin Kelly.

Representatives for Sterling, who
turned 18 last weekend, held fresh talks with club chief executive Ian
Ayre last week to try to thrash out a deal. The two sides were a long
way apart in earlier negotiations.

Set to sign: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling

Set to sign: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling

Sources believe Liverpool are close to agreeing terms with the forward, who made his England debut against Sweden last month, and have promised big performance-related incentives to take him close to other regular first-teamers on around 50,000 a week.

With Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United waiting in the wings, Liverpool are confident a deal with Sterling is imminent. Manager Brendan Rodgers stated after yesterday's 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa: 'I am not bothered by speculation about Raheem and other clubs. That situation (Sterling's contract) will be resolved soon, I'm sure.'

Snub: Defender Martin Kelly

Snub: Defender Martin Kelly

But it is less good news for the club regarding Kelly, a member of England's Euro 2012 squad, who has turned down an offer worth 35,000 a week in wages and appearance money and is now awaiting the club's reaction before making his next move.

The versatile defender who, like Sterling, has 18 months left on his present deal, is recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained against Manchester United in September.

He forced his way into Roy Hodgson's squad in the summer after impressing on his England debut against Norway in May.

JP Duminy ruptures achilles tendon as South Africa take control of first Test in Brisbane

Duminy ruptures achilles in warm-down to mar South Africa's strong start to Australia tour

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 9 November 2012

South Africa batsman JP Duminy could miss up to six months after rupturing an achilles tendon after the first day's play of the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Duminy was taking part in warm-down exercises on the Gabba outfield when he fell to the turf clutching his left leg.

He was rushed to hospital where the severity of the injury was confirmed.

Blow: Duminy could be out for around six months

Blow: Duminy could be out for around six months

South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: 'At first assessment JP said he heard a loud clicking sound and it felt like he had been hit by an object.

'The diagnosis of an Achilles tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.

'Injuries of this nature are caused by a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by the calf muscle as was the case during his sprint.

'We will only be able to gauge further down the line on an expected recovery date, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to six months before the player can resume playing cricket.

GABBA CURSE STRIKES AGAIN

This isn't the first time in recent years an international cricketer has succumbed to a serious injury on the Gabba outfield.

Back in the 2002 Ashes series, former England fast bowler Simon Jones ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments sliding to field a ball.

Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control

Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control

Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control

'He is obviously disappointed, but JP, being JP, is trying his best to stay positive, he says everything happens for a reason.'

The Proteas' 12th man Francois du Plessis will field in Duminy's place in Brisbane but will not be able to bat.

A century partnership from Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis has put the Proteas firmly in control on 255 for two at the end of day one.

The early loss of captain Graeme Smith for 10 to a DRS lbw decision did not prove too much of a setback as Amla (90 not out) and Alviro Petersen (64) saw them through to lunch without further incident.

And when Petersen fell victim to the match's only specialist spinner, Nathan Lyon, Jacques Kallis (84 not out) picked up where he left off.

Nemanja Vidic and Antonio Valencia injured for Manchester United

EXCLUSIVE: Valencia on crutches as Vidic is ruled out for two months

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 25 September 2012

Manchester United have been dealt another blow after captain Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for eight weeks following a knee operation as Antonio Valencia left the club’s Carrington training ground on crutches.

Valencia’s right foot is in a protective boot while United’s medical staff continue to assess the injury he suffered in Sunday’s victory at Liverpool.

The winger is understood to have been hurt winning the penalty which decided the game at Anfield, even though Liverpool’s Glen Johnson accused him of diving.

Nightmare: Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out until the end of November

Nightmare: Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out until the end of November

KEY MAN VIDIC

Without Nemanja Vidic, United’s win percentage in the Premier League drops by nearly 10 per cent. They have won 74 per cent with their captain and 65 per cent without him. They are also 30 per cent more likely to concede a goal in a game.

The loss of Vidic leaves United with only two first-choice centre-halves in Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones recovering from surgery. It will also raise questions over the condition of Vidic’s right knee, as it is the same joint the 30-year-old injured in a Champions League tie with Basel last December, keeping him out for nine months.

Sportsmail revealed then that the severity of Vidic’s injury — he damaged medial and lateral ligaments as well as rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament — was rare. It appears that the Serb has suffered complications five games into his comeback.

Blow: Antonio Valencia (centre) left United's training ground on crutches

Blow: Antonio Valencia (centre) left United's training ground on crutches

A club statement read: ‘Nemanja Vidic has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be out for around eight weeks. Sir Alex, as a precautionary measure, rested Vidic at the weekend, after he complained of tightness in his knee, however, further medical investigation revealed the underlying problem.’

Vidic, will now miss four of United’s five remaining Champions League group games and at least eight Premier League fixtures.

Ferguson will have Smalling and Jones
back in the next six weeks but for now must rely on Evans — who has
played three United games since foot surgery — while ensuring he does
not put too much strain on Ferdinand’s long-standing back problem.

The 32-year-old is set to be rested for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Darren Fletcher will make his first senior start in 10 months and Wayne Rooney is back in contention.

Big job: Rio Ferdinand (centre) will have a new partner in central defence

Big job: Rio Ferdinand (centre) will have a new partner in central defence

Martin Kelly out for the season – as Liverpool sweat on Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini

Kelly set to miss rest of the season with knee ligament injury as Liverpool sweat on Agger and Borini

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UPDATED:

15:22 GMT, 24 September 2012

Liverpool’s disastrous start to the Premier League season has gone from bad to worse with Martin Kelly likely to miss the rest of the season.

The defender ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee against Manchester United on Sunday.

Kelly will now have surgery but he is almost certain to be out for the remainder of the campaign.

Brendan Rodgers is awaiting confirmation on Daniel Agger's injury after he was carried off on a stretcher following an awkward collision with Antonio Valencia.

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

A club statement read: '[Agger] has suffered a significant bone bruise to the left knee.

'No ligament damage was sustained but further tests will be carried out before it can be established when he will be able to return to training.'

Rodgers’ side were forced to finish the game against United with just nine men after – having had Jonjo Shelvey sent off and using all their substitutes – Kelly was unable to continue having picked up an injury.

Kelly confirmed the severity of his
injury, thought to be to a knee ligament, by tweeting: ‘What I can say
is its not the worst injury I’ve had, and for sure ill be fighting for
my place next year when I’m back fitter and stronger!’

The 22-year-old admitted earlier on Monday that he was ‘fearing the worst’ ahead of the scan on the injury.

He said: ‘Hoping for the best but fearing the worst ;( got my scan at 8 then will let you guys know x’

Rodgers expressed his concern for Agger after his star centre-back looked to be in some pain as he was carried off the pitch at Anfield.

He said: ‘Fabio (Borini) had a badly
swollen ankle. Agger’s doesn’t look good, the medics were saying it
might be a medial ligament. We’ll see.’

Borini still has swelling to his ankle but a scan has not shown up a fracture.

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Nemanja Vidic likely to return for Manchester United against Tottenham

Vidic set for swift return for Manchester United after being rested for win at Liverpool

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UPDATED:

09:34 GMT, 24 September 2012

Nemanja Vidic is likely to return to Manchester United action next Saturday against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

The Serbian centre-back missed Sunday's 2-1 victory at Anfield over Liverpool as a precaution because his knee did not feel in top condition.

Safety: Nemanja Vidic was rested as a precaution

Safety: Nemanja Vidic was rested as a precaution

Vidic spent several months recovering from anterior cruciate ligament damage last season so Sir Alex Ferguson thought it was better to be safe than sorry.

'He was just feeling a bit tight round about his knee and we decided just to give him a break today,' explained Ferguson. 'Hopefully he’ll be alright next week.'

United face Newcastle on Wednesday night in the League Cup but Vidic is not expected to feature.

Andrew Johnson ruled out for the majority of the season through injury

Blow for QPR as striker Johnson is set to miss rest of the season with knee injury

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UPDATED:

10:58 GMT, 17 September 2012

QPR striker Andrew Johnson looks set to miss the majority of the season after suffering a serious knee injury during Saturday's goalless draw against Chelsea.

The 31-year-old was forced off in the first half of the Barclays Premier League stalemate at Loftus Road, with subsequent scans revealing the extent of the problem.

'Andy Johnson suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Chelsea and is likely to be sidelined for the majority of the season,' QPR posted on their official Twitter.

Injury blow: Andy Johnson leaves the field after picking up an injury against Chelsea

Injury blow: Andy Johnson leaves the field after picking up an injury against Chelsea

Johnson, who has won eight caps for England, joined Rangers on a two-year contract in the summer after his Fulham deal expired.

The severity of the injury – sustained on Johnson's third appearance for the club – will come as a blow to manager Mark Hughes, who had expressed optimism the former Birmingham, Crystal Palace and Everton man would not be out for too long.

'AJ felt something in his knee. We hope he's going to be okay, but it's a little bit of worry,' Hughes said after the game.

Pain game: Johnson lies on the ground after picking up his injury

Pain game: Johnson lies on the ground after picking up his injury

'You need players like AJ in the squad because they give so much. We'll send him for a scan over the next few days and hopefully he'll be okay.'

Rangers, who have picked up only two points from four games so far this season, will continue their search for a first win of the campaign at Tottenham on Sunday.

Gary Gardner injured for most of season Aston Villa

Villa midfielder Gardner to miss rest of season with cruciate ligament injury

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UPDATED:

19:32 GMT, 24 August 2012

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has been ruled out for eight to nine months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The club revealed the 20-year-old will undergo surgery on his right knee after suffering the injury playing for their under-21 side against Stoke on Wednesday.

The problem rules Gardner out for almost the entire season with him expected to be back in late April at the earliest.

Crocked: Gary Gardner will miss most of the season through injury

Crocked: Gary Gardner will miss most of the season through injury

Villa boss Paul Lambert told the
club's website: 'It's a blow and it's definitely a blow for the lad but
he's very positive and he'll get great attention all the way through his
rehab.'

Gardner suffered a similar problem in his other knee in 2009.

London 2012 Olympics: Gemma Howell begins judo campaign

GB's judo gem: Howell wins biggest battle after injury and prepares for London debut

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 30 July 2012

Olympics 2012

Nine months ago, Gemma Howell lay on the judo mat in agony, subjected to physical and mental torture. Going through her head were the words, ‘Not again.’

She knew instantly that her right knee had just experienced the same searing pain as her left had a year earlier. That meant another anterior cruciate ligament injury — at the worst possible time.

‘Someone tapped me on the leg and it just went,’ she says. ‘It was panic. I thought straight away, “It can’t be…” But it felt too similar to my first injury to not be.

Brave Brit: Gemma Howell (in white) has recovered from two serious injuries to make the Olympics

Brave Brit: Gemma Howell (in white) has recovered from two serious injuries to make the Olympics

‘I was lying on my back crying my eyes out. Initially it was the pain but afterwards it was the worry. I knew it was a year to the Games and obviously it’s such a long road to recovery.’

On Tuesday, Howell, one of Sportsmail’s Magnificent Seven talents, reaches the end of that road and begins the path to Olympic fulfilment. The 22-year-old fights Gevrise Emane, from France, in the -63kg class at the ExCeL at 9.37am.

Emane is the world and European champion, so Howell will have to summon an immense effort to progress and be involved in the final at 4pm. But just being here is a testament to her strength of character.

She only began full training in March, after surgery and months of rehabilitation, and was immediately thrown into a race against time to qualify for London.

Howell had to convince selectors she was worth picking by winning her first major competition back, the British Open on May 12. Victory or home, they told her.

Rough and tumble: Gemma Howell

Rough and tumble: Gemma Howell

A grand prix in Baku, Azerbaijan, was fitted in as a sharpener but the rustiness fell away quicker than expected and Howell walked away with bronze. Then on judgement day at the K2 centre in Crawley a week later, she did as she had been asked.

‘There was a lot of pressure riding on that competition, but I figured I’ll have to deal with pressure at the Olympics,’ she says. ‘I got told I had to win it. So it was a good feeling when I did.’

Since then Howell has entered three more tournaments — and won them all. ‘I’m quite pleased with how they’ve gone,’ she says with a smile that belies the understatement.

Her success has barely been credible. She says: ‘I’ve progressed in every one — doing so many in such a short space of time, I’ve made up for the ones I missed while I was out.’

Which brings us to what exactly happened while she was out. How, after nine months off the mat in 2010 through cruciate ligament injury, did she find the resolve to do it all again With a little help from man’s best friend, she confesses.

‘I got Roxy, my yellow Labrador, when I did my first knee and when I was coming back I’d walk her and teach her to give me a high five. This time my dad Peter has kept her in the Midlands (Howell moved from Telford in Shropshire to train at the British Judo Institute in Dartford four years ago) and I would talk to him while he was walking her. So she’s had her uses again.’

Once a scan had determined the exact nature of her injury, Howell was operated on within 24 hours.

‘They took a hamstring graft to replace the cruciate ligament,’ she says. ‘Now I’ve got the two indestructible knees!’

Then came the hours of solitary rehab.

‘Everything that my physio or strength and conditioning coach told me to do I just did, religiously. A lot of it was by myself, so it’s hard to have that motivation, but I had to keep seeing what I was doing it for.

Up against it: Howell has a tough opening match but believes she can win a medal

Up against it: Howell has a tough opening match but believes she can win a medal

‘Even before I could do any leg stuff I was on the mat with my judo kit doing gripping, then gradually introduced turns on the knee.

‘It was a big challenge building my confidence back, particularly because I had the time pressure, I couldn’t afford any set-backs.’

Howell draws on an inspirational figure to answer the question of what she can achieve at London.

‘I saw Kelly Holmes win in Athens, when she had her eyes popping out of her head. Since then I’ve read her autobiography and know how many injuries she’s had and the difficult path she had to get there. I’ve dreamed of being an Olympic champion for as long as I can remember. I think, on my day, I could win it. You’ve got to believe that you can otherwise you’ve got no chance.’

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Lucas Leiva ready to return from injury

Lucas set to return from lengthy spell on sidelines during North American tour

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 19 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is set to make his return during the club's North American tour – two months earlier than expected.

New boss Brendan Rodgers intends to use the ball-winning Brazilian over the coming weeks, as Liverpool prepare for friendlies against Toronto, Roma and Andre Villas-Boas's Tottenham.

The former Swansea manager said: 'He’ll have some involvement. He’s still got some way to go to get back to where he was before the injury but he’s back two months early.

'This is normally a nine month injury. He’s been back in seven, and that’s great credit to his work and the work of the medics here.

Ahead of schedule: Lucas Leiva is set to return from an anterior cruciate injury early

Ahead of schedule: Lucas Leiva is set to return from an anterior cruciate injury early

'He’s done very, very well and is working very hard. We can feed him into some of the games and increase his mental capacity to improve, because obviously it was a serious injury.

Lucas has been unable to play since sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury. The Reds midfielder collided with Ryan Bertrand and had to be stretchered off during Liverpool's Carling Cup quarter-final victory against Chelsea.

'He’s a great guy, he loves his football, loves this club, and he’s making great progress,' Rodgers said.

Liverpool face MLS side Toronto on Saturday, and Rodgers is unsure whether Lucas will be fit enough to take part.

Base camp: Liverpool have begun training in Harvard ahead of their pre-season tour of the US

Base camp: Liverpool have begun training in Harvard ahead of their pre-season tour of the US

Base camp: Liverpool have begun training in Harvard ahead of their pre-season tour of the US

He said: 'We shall see. The maximum any player will play on Saturday is 45 minutes.'

Liverpool have taken a 34-man squad to their Harvard base, as Rodgers looks to get his side into shape to improve on their eighth place finish last season.

Rodgers, who is still getting to know his squad, is looking for his players to prove their desire as well as their ability.

'It’s the application, the desire to want to be in the side,' he said.

'There is a long way to go yet and we’ve got a big part of our preparation left, but the early stages have boded well for a number of players, because they’ve shown real appetite and a thirst to learn.

'They’re a really unified group and the young players are really trying to impress and show they can be in and around the first team.

New regime: Brendan Rodgers casts an eye over his squad

New regime: Brendan Rodgers casts an eye over his squad

'It’s also a credit to the senior players. Jamie Carragher, 34 years of age, has led by example. He’s still putting the miles in on the field and being a great example off it. Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger – all of them have been fantastic.'

Rodgers, whose tactical prowess was universally lauded at Swansea, is concentrating on getting his players fit first before he fully imposes his own style of play.

'That won’t kick in, really, until later on when the group is together,' Rodgers said. 'But in terms of a lot of the pressing work we’ve done, they’ve showed up really well.

'We’ve talked about possession and the importance of possession and I’ve seen great improvements in that in a couple of weeks.

'Their understanding and management of the game will improve as time goes on, but the most important thing (right now) is the physical condition and that’s looking very good.'