Three-time World Champion Nick Matthew is looking forward to making a successful return from injury at the AJ Bell British Grand Prix after undergoing a successful minor knee surgery in July to repair a small meniscus tear.
The injury was identical to the one he suffered before the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he went on to claim both gold and silver medals but the World No.2 insists that he is happy with his rehab and is motivated ahead of the new season.
“The new injury came as something of a shock, occurring in my first full week back in training after a break to rest both physically and mentally after last season,” said the Yorkshireman.
“It is bizarre to say the least that, having never had any knee problems before, I've had two identical operations in two years. The difference this year is that time has been on my side and I have been able to conduct a more patient and thorough rehab. The aim has been to be fit for a full season rather than a one off event like the Commonwealth Games last year.”
Matthew, who was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen of England back in June, paid tribute to the medical staff that got him back on his feet and outlined his intention to challenge for titles once more on the PSA World Tour.
“As always I've been indebted to the support of the medical staff at the English Institute of Sport, both in Sheffield and Manchester, and hope to repay them by making a successful return at the British Squash Grand Prix,” he said.
“I am as motivated as ever and hope to be in a position to challenge for more major titles once my match sharpness returns.”
The 35-year-old begins his season at the British Grand Prix on Friday 11 September where he will open up his tournament against Chris Simpson with a quarter-final clash with long-time adversary James Willstrop on the horizon if both players make successful starts to the event.
The 2015 AJ Bell British Grand Prix takes place at the National Squash Centre, Manchester from Friday 11th September 11 to Monday 14th September.
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