Squash: Champ hopes to be back in Nick of time

Three-time world champion Nick Matthew
Three-time world champion Nick Matthew

World number two Nick Matthew has vowed to do everything in his power to be fit for the Commonwealth Games after undergoing minor knee surgery this week.

The 33-year-old went under the knife at Sheffield Claremont Hospital on Monday after a scan revealed he sustained a meniscus tear in his right knee while training on June 16.

Despite the injury setback, Matthew, the winner of gold medals in both singles and doubles events in Delhi in 2010, is confident he will regain full fitness and compete in the Games, which take place in Glasgow, come July 23.

The Sheffield star told The Star: “I will be doing everything in my power to be ready for the Games.

“The timing is not ideal but injuries like this can happen. But I’m incredibly lucky to have had the operation so quickly. I have now got four weeks to recover without a lot of margin for error. I have to get that balance right between treatment and rest.”

“I don’t just want to make up the numbers,” he added. “I want to win it.”