Beat Feuz has knee concerns ahead of FIS Alpine Skiing combined World Cup

Beat Feuz hopes his persistent knee trouble does not cause him problems at Friday's FIS Alpine Skiing combined World Cup meeting.

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After struggling with a recent knee injury, Beat Feuz hopes the problem does not hamper his hopes of claiming victory in the FIS Alpine Skiing combined World Cup meeting in Kitzbuehel on Friday.

Feuz finished a disappointing 17th in the last combined event in Wengen last week, earning 14 points for his troubles.

The Swiss went on to have greater joy two days later in another FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup meeting, finishing second in the downhill at the same venue.

Feuz was struggling with the problem last weekend and had to take painkillers, and he concedes the issue can affect his performance.

"I travelled to Wengen without pain," he said. "But after the first training, the knee hurt and I did not feel stable.

"Why exactly, I did not know. Then I had to take medication, which was not ideal for the combined.

"But on Saturday and Sunday I went without medication. When I go now, I'm not as fast. I now have to fight for everything much more."

Feuz has ground to make up in the combined standings, after fellow Swiss Carlo Janka took 100 points in the first combined of the season at Wengen.

It was Janka's first World Cup victory in almost four years, and he followed that up with a third-placed finish in the downhill behind Feuz and Hannes Reichelt.

Victor Muffat-Jeandet and Ivica Kostelic completed the podium in the previous combined meeting and they will look to continue their early-season form, while reigning champion Ted Ligety will hope to improve on his fifth-placed finish last time out.

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