Shane Perkins’ injury curse may be over with news his recovery from shoulder surgery is ahead of schedule.
Perkins, who first suffered a tendon tear last April, has admitted he suffered further damage late last year to his already injured right shoulder.
To top it off, the two-time world champion and London Olympics bronze medallist last week sustained a Grade Two strain in his quadriceps.
“I was jumping on the ergo when I could, when I was allowed to take my arm out of the sling and support my own weight. And then a bit of the gym with my legs,” said Perkins.
“(Tuesday’s quad injury has) put me off the ergo and out of the gym,” said Perkins. “Basically now we’re concentrating a lot more on the shoulder with the rehab stuff now that I can’t do much with the bottom half.”
But with the shoulder healing much faster than expected, Perkins expects to be back racing within two months, twelve months after the original injury.
“Obviously leading up to the Olympics we didn’t have a whole lot of time to get under the knife and get it fixed,” said Perkins.
“Post Olympics I had a contract to go back to (the keirin circuit in) Japan which I was obligated to go – I signed it before the Olympics. I sent four months over there ‘til late December.
“I actually had a crash in my last race in Japan and fell on the right shoulder and did a Grade Two (AC joint sprain)”
As for now, Perkins will be watching the World Championships from his home in Adelaide.
He said he is looking forward to seeing how the young Australian outfit, also missing Cam Meyer and Anna Meares, performs on the big stage.
“It is a fantastic young team and it goes to show what Cycling Australia is trying to do for the sport,” Perkins said. “They’re definitely doing their job and they’re getting younger people involved and supporting them to chase their goals and you can see that in the depth there.”
Without Perkins, Victoria’s only representative is 18-year-old Alex Morgan in the pursuit but Perkins said it will be great to see how he goes.
“I’ve come across him a few times. He’s done a few training sessions while I was in Victoria training with Scott McGrory and he’s definitely a great character and he’ll obviously be a great bike rider and have a great career,” said Perkins.
Of equal interest, Perkins will be watching closely the outcome of an Australian team sprint minus its usual starter as it attempts to defend its 2012 World Championship.
“I was only one-third of the team that won in Melbourne,” said a humble Perkins. “Scotty (Sunderland) is slipping into starter now, what I was doing. I think it’s a first for him so I think he’s going to do great in that position and he’s got the strength to blast out of the gates.
“Matty Glaetzer as third-wheel , always performs on the day, no dramas there, and Mitch Bullen slipping into first wheel in his first world championships. I’m really keen to see how the boys go.
“It’s going to be great to watch them, with Scott and Matt having the experience and not wanting to give up the world championship bands from their point of view and with Mitch it’s his first time at the world championships so of course he’ll want to impress. I think the boys can do great.
“If they get away in their first ride and post up a good time, that’s going to give them the confidence to get them there and a gold medal again”