Phoenix release Finnish forward

Thursday, 13th September 2012

It is with regret that J Davidson sponsored Manchester Phoenix have to announce the release of Finnish forward Timo Kuuluvainen.

The 28 year old had a knee operation in the summer and he had hoped that rehabilitation was complete and that he would be 100% fit for the season. However it became apparent after last week’s games against the Sheffield Steeldogs that he was still having problems with the knee.

After consultation with the club’s medical staff, Timo was given the news that it would take at least a month or possibly more before he would be fit to return to active duty. As a result, the club has made the difficult decision to release Timo with immediate effect.

Coach Hand said: “It is a big blow for the lad. He was told that he would be fully fit for the new season and that he would make a complete recovery. Sadly this has not been the case and he has had problems with the knee after the Sheffield games. Timo fully understands that the club are not in a position to be an import forward down for such a long time and he will be going home for rest and rehab.”

MD Neil Morris, coach Tony Hand MBE and all at the club wish Timo all the best and hope he has a full recovery and he can continue his career as soon as possible.

Tony also commented: “Since the decision was taken, I have been working hard to bring in a replacement forward and hope to have someone in place as soon as possible.”

Timo Kuuluvainen

Timo Kuuluvainen has been released due to injury
(Image: Richard Allan)

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