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Robertson Surgery Goes Well

After concerns about the fitness of Nathan Robertson after he underwent ankle surgery, English badminton can breathe a sigh of relief.

Early indications are that the operation was a complete success and after a two week rest period, the player should be able to return to the court. A swift return will be required if the player wishes to get up to form before the Olympics but he can have a clear mind about what lies ahead of him. There has been no doubt that Nathan has been struggling at times throughout the year and the injury has clearly been impacting on him.

England's head coach, Ian Wright, seemed pleased with how it all went and thinks the player has every chance of regaining full fitness in time for the big summer event. With confidence that the surgeon got to the cause of Robertson's pain and discomfort, there is no reason why the star cannot perform at his best at the Olympics. This is not only good news for Robertson but also for his partner Gail Emms.

Robertson and Emms brought home a silver medal from the 2005 Olympic Games in Athens and the duo were looking forward to going one better in Beijing. This enforced layoff may allow Robertson to freshen up his game and come back fully charged and looking lively for the tournament. This was part of the thinking behind having the surgery now as opposed to waiting until after the Olympics.

Another good thing for Robertson is that he will have plenty of sympathy from his colleague Emms. Gail Emms has not had the best of years so far with injury and illness herself so she knows full well how hard it can be to play when you are not 100%. There is every chance the duo will be finding their peak fitness at just the right time for the Olympic Games and this is the key time to do it.

It is one thing being fit and on form in January when the qualification points need to be won but its all about the major event. After the Olympics have finished, the British team may be able to look back on this time and say that this enforced absence was what enabled the duo to claim the gold in China.

One thing that is for certain though is that the surgery will force Robertson out of the Thomas Cup. With 91 caps for England, the experience of Robertson may have been crucial to the squad that is going to the event but this will be missing from the ranks now.? The English team recently jetted out to Malaysia where they will be conducting their final preparations at the Malaysian National Centre.

The tournament, which starts on the 11th of May in Jakarta, features some strong talent and the English will be naturally hopeful of success in Jakarta. Andrew Smith and Rajiv Ouseph will be two of the key players in the Singles events with the Adcock brothers adding a touch of sibling quality to the Doubles team.

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