World’s Best Water Polo Player Sandro Sukno to Continue Career after Open Heart Surgery

Daniela Rogulj

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Will the world’s best water polo player Sandro Sukno be able to continue his brilliant career? The 27-year-old captain of Croatia returned from the United States where he underwent open heart surgery. Though Croatia’s captain had to put water polo on hold for now, what are his plans for the future?

“It’s been just 15 days, that is all, but everything became easier when I came home – it’s been a tough time. The doctors are now satisfied, and I hope they will feel that way in the next review,” Sandro Sukno told Dnevnik Nova TV on on March 30, 2018. 

The world’s best water polo player described his return to his hometown of Dubrovnik and what his recovery has been like after undergoing open heart surgery. 

If you recall, at a doctor’s examination on the eve of the start of the season, Sukno found that his heart problems would threaten his career, leaving him with surgery as the only option. At the time, Sukno’s then club Pro Recco immediately terminated his contract, though Sukno is determined to play again.

“Some expectations are that the next review will be in May or at the beginning of June, and then if everything checks out, I expect to begin with easy training then,” Sukno hopes.

Sandro expects good news at the end of June when he will turn to more serious training and plan his career advancement.

“I think all of the worries will be bittersweet, such as thinking about where I will play. Water polo is in my blood, and my whole life I have played for a team. Of course, I miss it, but if I manage to get through all this, I have no reason to rush now and will wait for my doctor’s guidance. I think it will be easy and I think it’s the smartest thing. I think I will be available to the coach and the team and will get back to my form,” Sukno said with optimism.

Sukno also said that he did not complain about the termination of his contract with his former club. He said that the club knew that a heavy and complicated operation was the only solution and they were not for that option.

“In the club, they knew that it was the only solution and they were not for it. I decided to do it myself, and I think it’s hard to blame them, but the story between us is over. I hope I will play water polo and that is the most important thing,” concluded Sukno in a conciliatory tone.

The Croatia national water polo team coach, teammates and leaders of the Water Polo Federation stand with the 27-year-old best water polo player in the world and have been by his side to help him overcome all of the ugly and challenging moments during this trying time. 

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