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18 October 2018

Muirhead positive on Omaha chances

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Muirhead plans for Omaha after hip surgery

Eve Muirhead says she will "definitely" be taking to the ice in December’s Curling World Cup second leg in Omaha provided her recovery from a debilitating hip injury continues to go to plan.

The former World and European champion had surgery in May after playing through pain and arthritis in her hip for several years. She admitted recently that at one stage she feared she may never be able to compete again.

But the 28-year-old made her comeback in the recent Stockholm Ladies' Curling Cup where her rink lost 7-4 to Team Anette Norberg in the quarter-finals. On Thursday she will compete again against a stellar field at the Canad Inns Women's Classic in Manitoba.

“It’s all going to plan so far and if this continues I definitely will be taking to the ice in USA,” the Scot told us.

“Being back on the ice again for the first time in Stockholm felt great! I love competing and I missed it for the little time I had to miss! I’m working very closely with the best support services and team-mates to make sure all the right decisions are made. Patience is key!”

In Muirhead’s absence, Scotland’s women’s team was skipped by Jennifer Dodds in the Curling World Cup first leg in Suzhou. They finished behind Sweden and Japan in their group and level with China after two wins out of six.

WCF / Celine Stucki

Stand-in skip Dodds, vice-skip ss, second Victoria Wright and lead Lauren Gray nevertheless gave Muirhead a glowing report of their first Curling World Cup experience.

“They haven’t had a bad word to say about Suzhou!” said Muirhead. “It was all very positive and I know, (including me) they can’t wait to be involved again in Omaha.

“The Curling World Cup events allow us another chance to wear our country’s colours. Whenever anyone gets the chance to have their country on their back should be very proud of that. Of course prize money is great and this adds a little more of an incentive!

“There are obviously some little changes at the Curling World Cup events too, in comparison to your usual tour events, and they all seem to be making the game slightly different, especially the limited time. It’s a good new addition, I think.”

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