April 29, 2009 @ 17:36:20   Foto Dave Kneale / Rick Tomlinson - Volvo Ocean Race

Magnus Olsson

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Ericsson 3 skipper Magnus Olsson is expected to be fit for the Boston in-port race and leg seven despite receiving confirmation that he fractured a rib on the trip from Rio de Janeiro.

The Swedish veteran was almost evacuated from the boat when, on April 16, a wave washed him into the guard rail around the starboard helmsman's station, leaving him in agony and confined to a bunk for a week.

Upon arrival the 60-year-old insisted he would be fit for the May 16 restart, but admitted it was "very unlikely" that he would sail the inshore course if the breeze was strong.

It has since been verified that he broke a rib, but Ericsson Racing Team physician Dr Antonio Zoido Alvarez expects him to be fit enough to return to the crew.

"The situation is stable," said Dr Zoido Alvarez. "Magnus has a fracture of the ninth rib, left hemithorax. There's no compromise with his lung. I think he will be able to do the in-port race and next leg without any problem."

Dr Zoido Alvarez explained that Olsson faces a lengthy recovery, but he can manage with pain killers.

"It takes about three weeks to recover fully," he added. "It's a matter of pain, but it can be treated with pain killers. It's not going to be any trouble to carry on."


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