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Brian Joubert Out of Grand Prix Final With Injury

On Wednesday night, during a practice session at his home rink in Poitiers, Brian Joubert injured his right foot while attempting a triple Lutz. The injury is serious to require surgery, which will be performed tonight.

Joubert sustained a similar injury in February 2007, a few weeks before the Worlds iChamionships were held in Tokyo. At that time, stitches were inserted into one of his tendons.

Due to the latest injury has caused Joubert to pull out from next week's ISU Grand Prix Final in Tokyo (Tomas Verner is the first substitute). He may also opt out also French Nationals, scheduled the weekend prior to Christmas in Marseilles.

UPDATE:

The surgery took place on Thursday night and on Friday morning the French star was back home.

Raymonde Joubert told IFS that her son's spirits are high despite the injury. She also said that starting today, the three-time European champion would start the rehab process through mesotherapy, which would last at least for 10 days.

Before the surgery, there was concern that Joubert might have fractured bones around his right big toe but the surgeon, who successfully repaired the ligament, found no breaks.

Joubert's participation at the French Nationals in Marseilles (Dec. 18-19) is highly questionable.

It may take up to six weeks for Joubert's injury to fully heal.

For the full-list of skaters in the Grand Prix Final, click HERE.


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