Erika Skarbø is afraid she could miss the European Cup. "It's a definite setback. I had a really tough day on Tuesday", she told Bygdanytt.
On Monday Erika Skarbø was operated on for a wrist fracture that was discovered over Christmas. Before the operation the prognosis was that she would be back on the football field by the time the season started in April 2009. But after the operation the feedback was worse: the injury had proved to be more serious than expected and would take longer to heal. "It was a setback", said Erika.
How long the recovery will take is uncertain. But she reckons she will definitely miss the start of the season with Arna-Bjørnar on April 13 against Team Strømmen. "My first checkup is in two and a half months at the beginning of April", said Skarbø.
Only time will tell but she cannot train normally for that period. "I can train by myself, but for it to grow properly I must not use the hand", said Norway's first-choice national team keeper. With all the uncertainty the normally happy Erika chooses to get her grieving out of the way early. "I would rather be positive and be pleasantly surprised", she said.
She is going to miss important matches with Arna-Bjørnar at the start of the season. Another problem could be the European Cup tournament, which starts in Finland in August. "I am afraid it's starting to look black for the Euros. It's just bad luck that this happened in a Euro-year, I must admit that", said the 21-year-old. "But I must just hope that everything grows back as it should so that I can come back strongly as soon as possible".
The break was in one of the many small bones in the wrist, "boat-bones" or scaphoids in technical language. Breaks in these bones do not always grow back as well as with other bones. "It's difficult because there is little blood-supply and oxygen to the site of the break", was what the doctors told Erika. "Also the injury is so old that that the broken piece is more 'dead' than if it had been a fresh break", she added.
According to the "Pocket-doctor" these bones can be broken if the hand is bent backwards in a fall. Erika is sure that the injury goes back to an incident when she was 16. "I stopped a low shot with a flat hand and the fingers were bent back", she said.
Erika tells that in Monday's operation the doctors took a small piece of bone from her hip and introduced it into her hand as a kind of support. "I was told that it would help the break to grow", she said. "The surgeon who operated on me at Haukeland Hospital is said to be one of the best in the country. I have been in very secure hands", she said.
She has now gone home to see her parents at Ulsteinvik. "Here I have my loved-ones as a support. It has been great", said Erika Skarbø. André Leknessund Wikhttp://www.bygdanytt.no/sport/article778768.ece