European Athletics—November 28, 2008
The twin sisters are unlikely to make a comeback in time for the start of indoor season. However if the recovery goes as per plan, they should return to tracks by next summer.
The surgery was performed at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. David Helfet, a world renowned expert in stress fractures.
Susanna, the World Indoor record holder for 60m Hurdles, suffered from a hamstring injury last summer. The injury prevented her from competing before the Olympic Games in Beijing. The hurdler looked in excellent form in the Bird's Nest until she fell in the semis, missing out on the sprint hurdles final.
The 60m hurdles gold medal winner at the 2007 European Indoor Championships in Birmingham last competed at the Weltklasse in Zurich running the 100m hurdles at 12.71.
Sister Jenny, on the other hand, had already been sidelined for almost a year with her fracture.
"I got the fracture in September 2007, but by February it hadn't even started to heal so I chose an operation," the 27-year-old had said before going for the surgery.