By: Justin Felisko September 01, 2014@ 07:00:00 PM
THACKERVILLE, Okla. – After originally thinking his 2014 season was over, Ty Pozzobon has recently learned that he will be able to avoid surgery on his injured ACL and LCL in his right knee and is gearing up for a return to the Built Ford Tough Series in the coming weeks, possibly on Sept. 19 at the Desert Showdown in Laughlin, Nevada.
Pozzobon met with Dr. Tandy Freeman last week for a checkup before undergoing what he thought would be surgery on his knee. However, after analyzing Pozzobon’s leg, Freeman believes the 22-year-old may be able to avoid surgery and attempt a comeback this season.
“Tandy came in and we went over my MRI together, and he was looking at my knee and kind of showing me what was all wrong with it,” Pozzobon said this weekend. “He was really surprised. My LCL is definitely not in shape, but he showed me where the scar tissue is holding it together. He left the room and another knee doctor came in and looked at it and they said it looked really good and has come a long ways in the past six weeks.
“I think I will give it three more weeks and hopefully I will be back for maybe Laughlin.”
Pozzobon added that doctors thought earlier this summer that he had torn both his ACL and LCL. It is now believed his ACL is still intact.
He was in the midst of a career-season before he went down with the injury during the 10-man round at the 2014 Calgary Stampede. He was in attendance this weekend at the WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational and was walking around the outdoor event with a brace on his knee, but was walking pretty soundly.
This will be the second consecutive year that Pozzobon has made a late-season return following an injury. As of now, he believes his knee is feeling better than it did last year when he missed all but two second-half events before returning in time for the 2013 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
He is currently 25th in the world standings.
“This year my knee feels a lot better than it did last year,” Pozzobon said. “It is feeling really good. I have been home bucking bulls and I have been thinking it feels like I can ride, but at the time the MRI had told me otherwise. I feel like I could ride great right now, but I am going to give it a couple of extra weeks, and I am going to go to (physiotherapy) in Canada and hopefully I will continue where I left off.”
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