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On the road to recovery and Rio; Ó Lionáird goes under the knife

Ciarán Ó Lionáird underwent surgery in America yesterday with renowned achilles specialist Dr. Amol Saxena and will miss the remainder of the track season.

Road to recovery: Ciarán Ó Lionáird's leg is kept in a protective boot after surgery yesterday

Road to recovery: Ciarán Ó Lionáird’s leg is kept in a protective boot after surgery yesterday

The 27-year-old has struggled since early 2012 with chronic problems in his left lower leg, something he feels should finally be cleared up by the latest procedure. An extract from his most recent blog can be read below. To read the full blog, click here.

“As many of you have seen on social media, yesterday I underwent a second surgery on my left lower leg in a bid to address the chronic Achilles pain I’ve had since 2012.

I wanted to outline the details surrounding the injury so as to give clarity to those who have asked questions surrounding my health/fitness in the past few months.

Having trained and raced through a significant degree of pain after my last surgery in 2013, and tried on the surface to display a positive outlook, I eventually had to take an objective and pragmatic look at the results being achieved and make a decision with Rio and the Portland World Indoors in mind.

I think most who have looked at my results in the past 18 months would agree they are not up to the standards expected of a World Finalist. I am harder on myself than anyone and therefore do not want to continue a pattern of mediocrity and interrupted preparation due to this ongoing issue.

With that in mind, we got further scans done on the area and found a few more minor areas of concern, that if addressed, would almost certainly clear this up.

Yesterday, I had surgery under the guidance of Dr. Amol Saxena and I thank him greatly for his work. It is early days but the procedure was successful and I am feeling good today, if a bit groggy from pain meds.”

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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
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