Dai-Yokozuna Hakuho underwent knee surgery in an attempt to repair damage to his right knee on Friday. This is the same injury that sidelined him from the March tournament, and has the entire sumo world wondering if he will be forced to retire before the May tournament in Tokyo.
In an article published by NHK, it is reported that Hakuho underwent orthoscopic knee surgery on his right kneed, and that his doctors have told him that it will require at least two months for rehabilitation an healing. His right knee has been a source of concern since last year, and prior to the March basho it was revealed that he was having fluid drained from the knee daily in order to maintain his training schedule.
It is reported that Hakuho has already been discharged from the hospital in Tokyo, and is now recovering at home. In the article, the doctor suggestions that Hakuho undergo knee replacement surgery at some time in the future to maintain mobility and use of his right leg.
Yes, that’s kind of dire folks. We also know that the YDC will be meeting following the Haru basho, and I would not be surprised if they grumpy old men of sumo did not recommend that both Yokozuna retire. At a minimum we won’t see Hakuho until July, and that is not at all certain.