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Plushenko to be sidelined for all of 2015-16 season

Four-time Olympic medalist to undergo surgery for spinal injury in April
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Another back injury will prevent Evgeni Plushenko from competing in 2015-16. -Getty Images

Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic champion who helped Russia win the inaugural team event at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, will miss the 2015-16 season after being diagnosed with a new spinal injury, R-Sport reported Tuesday.

The 10-time Russian champion was examined late last month by the same Israeli doctor who inserted an artificial disc in Plushenko's back in 2013. The doctor found another cracked disc in the skater's back, one which will necessitate future surgery.

Plushenko has opted to put off the surgery until next April.

"We discussed the situation and came to a consolidated decision," Alexander Kogan, the director general of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, told F-Sport. "To boost preparation for performances this season does not make sense."

As a member of the Russian national team, Plushenko was supposed to participate in test skates this past weekend, but he had to withdraw from them because of his medical condition.

Plushenko has not competed in over a year and a half, since the men's free skate of the team event in Sochi.