Pluschenko’s spinal surgery successful
"The surgery went well,” Aleksey Mishin, Pluschenko’s coach, told FCP-Press. “It’s too early to speak about recovery. There’s no standard period. At least, I can say that he’ll be ready for the main stage of the Olympic preparations.”Back pain forced Pluschenko to withdraw from the European championships last week after a failed short program. According to Mishin, the figure skater has completely rubbed out one of his intervertebral discs, which was replaced with a plastic one. The surgery is expected to allow the 30-year-old to continue competing at the top level and perform difficult elements. Pluschenko has stated his intention to remain in the sport, despite health problems, in order to represent Russia at the home Olympics in Sochi 2014.