Triple Commonwealth Games squash gold medallist Nick Matthew insists he is fit and ready to attack the new season after successfully recovering from minor knee surgery.
Matthew, who added singles gold and doubles silver to his collection in Glasgow last year, went under the knife in July to repair a small tear in his meniscus.
It was the same problem which the three-time world champion had needed addressed in the build up to Glasgow 2014.
But while he only had five weeks to recover then, Matthew has taken his time this time around, steadily working through his rehabilitation programme ahead of the upcoming season, starting with this month’s AJ Bell British Grand Prix.
The 35-year-old will be the defending champion at the event in Manchester from September 11-14 with compatriot Chris Simpson his opponent in the first round.
And while disappointed to have had to undergo surgery for a second successive summer, Matthew is confident the problem is now behind him.
“The new injury came as something of a shock, occurring in my first full week back in training after a break to rest both physically & mentally after last season,” he said.
“It is bizarre to say the least that having never had any knee problems before I've had two identical operations in two years.
"The difference this year has been that time has been on my side and I have been able to conduct a more patient and thorough rehab.
"The aim has been to be fit for a full season rather than a one off event like the Commonwealth Games last year.
“As always I've been indebted to the support of the medical staff at the English Institute of Sport, both in Sheffield & Manchester, and hope to repay them by making a successful return at the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix.
“I am as motivated as ever and hope to be in a position to challenge for more major titles once my match sharpness returns."
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