Saquarema, Brazil, September 22, 2010 - After suffering a broken left ankle during the final of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, outside hitter Paula Pequeno is in the final stages of recovery and after promising physiotherapy sessions, she is confident of making the 2010 FIVB World Championships next month in Japan.
Paula injured her left ankle during the finals of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix but still believes she can reach the World Championships next month
"I feel no pain and the ankle is not swollen,” Paula said. “I walk normally and recovery is very quiet. I'm in the third week of recovery. On the 24th, I'll do another test to see if the injury is healed. If that's ok, I’ll come back with everything. I really want to go to Japan I know I can help the team, but everything depends on my recovery.”
The 28 year-old does not hide her anxiety to return to the team soon, but says she is familiar with this type of situation following her five months out of the game in 2004 thanks to a left knee operation.
"It's important to be here in Saquarema, recovering myself alongside the girls,” she added. “I think the anxiety is greater, because I follow the whole evolution of the group outside.”
Despite a good recovery from Paula Pequeno, coach Ze Roberto knows that he can only take the player if she is 100% physically fit.
"Paula has a history of injuries but she has recovered from all of them in less time than doctors had predicted,” he said. “She is devoting much during this recovery period. However, the most important of all is the physical integrity of the athlete.”