Milorad Cavic May Withdraw From European Championships

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created June 10th, 2010 12:48:05 PM

Modified June 10th, 2010 12:48:05 PM

Nick Thierry announced on Swimnews.com that Milorad Cavic may be considering the possibility of withdrawing from the European Championships which will take place in Budapest this summer.

The reason for this consideration is due to a chronic injury in his lower back. Swimnews quotes Cavic saying, “For years I have endured pain in my lower lumbar and I have always found a way to deal with it through intensive therapy, but recent MRI photos have shown that I have two herniated discs in the L4, L5 region, which is not treatable with my past therapies. Although I am still generally mobile, I experience great pain and limitation not only in workout, but also in everyday life. I am considering all options, but at this point if I hope to continuously well prepare myself for the Olympics, my manager, coach, and I, think that surgery may be the most feasible of all my options. For now, I will continue to swim as long as I can and I want test my limitations at the Sette Coli meet and Armani Invitational. If I can find a temporary safe solution, I hope I’ll still be fit to race in Budapest in August."

Swimnews reports that the recovery time for such a procedure is between 3 to 4 months.