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VACULIK METAL-FREE FOR 2020

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits his latest ankle operation was much less taxing than his 2018 surgery after having metalwork removed.

16 / 01 / 2020, 06:36

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits his latest ankle operation was much less taxing than his 2018 surgery after having metalwork removed ahead of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix season.

Vaculik suffered a badly broken ankle in a crash at British track Swindon on April 12, 2018, when he slipped off on a glassy surface on his SGB Premiership debut for Leicester.

He underwent two operations over a combined 13 hours in Bristol to set the bone and he then received a skin graft to cover the area, which was damaged by the break.

The ankle is not like before. It will never be like before. But I can deal with that. It’s no problem. I have 90 percent of what I had before and this is okay.

Martin Vaculik

Vaculik had the metalwork removed in November and admits this was a breeze in comparison to his first two trips to the operating theatre.

He said: “This surgery was much easier than the first two. It was under one hour. When you break something and they connect your bones with metal plates or screws, it’s usually after one or two years that all the metal stuff should come out. It wasn’t a big operation. This was just routine stuff.

“At the end of November, I had the surgery to take out the plate. Ten days after that, I started preparing for the season.”

Vaculik made a remarkable recovery in 2018, returning to racing two months later and winning the Gorzow SGP with a stunning pass on local hero Bartosz Zmarzlik that August.

He went on to record his first-ever top-eight finish, racing to fifth place in the 2019 SGP World Championship.

The Zarnovica-born racer would love to go even better this year, and admits racing and training without the metalwork should be easier.

He said: “It has helped me with movement. That is better now, but my movement before was okay.

“I can run, I can train and I can do everything I did before the break. The ankle is not like before. It will never be like before. But I can deal with that. It’s no problem. I have 90 percent of what I had before and this is okay.”

 

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