Squash: Race against time for Matthew

Sheffield star Nick Matthew

Sheffield star Nick Matthew

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Three-time world champion Nick Matthew is facing a battle to be fit for the Commonwealth Games after undergoing minor knee surgery.

It was just over a week ago the Sheffield star hurt his right knee while practising on court.

After a week of treatment, a meniscus tear was diagnosed and 33-year-old went under the knife on Monday.

Matthew, winner of gold medals in both singles and doubles in Delhi 2010, is confident he will be ready to take part in the Games, which begin in Glasgow on July 24.

“Obviously the timing is not ideal but injuries like this can happen at any time and that’s just part of professional sport,” said Matthew. “I’m glad that we’ve taken the decisive action to fix the tear and my medical team are very positive about Glasgow.

“I have five weeks of rehab and lots of hard work ahead of me to be fit but I have a great team working with me at the English Institute of Sport (EIS)in Sheffield and Manchester and at England Squash and Racketball (ESR) in Manchester. I’m determined to be ready and I’m optimistic that I will be.”

Jade Leeder, Head Physiotherapist at the English Institute of Sport and England Squash and Racketball, will take the lead in Matthew’s treatment.

Mark Campbell, Matthew’s strength and conditioning coach, will be assisting with a tailored fitness programme to ensure that he is in the best possible shape for Glasgow 2014.