It seems that Evgeni's spine also needs to go under the knife in addition to knee surgery, which was announced earlier.
"They found a hernia in my spine and it is a decent size,” Pluschenko told Sport-Express newspaper. "Therefore I’ll need further surgery."
Health problems will see Plushenko missing out on the Word Figure Skating Championship. But according to Mishin, the break is essential. “Now is the perfect moment to deal with health problems, because we have long-term sporting plans,” Mishin said. “In April, we will start working on the new program. In order to improve, we’ll turn to foreign experts. I’ll keep their names secret for now. But we want to benefit from the European and American experience."
Sources: RT.com, Sports.ru