Ivaca Kostelic Might Compete on Jan. 4

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- It's still too early to tell how much of the World Cup season Croatian skier Ivica Kostelic will miss after arthroscopic knee surgery.

Vedran Pavlek, the head of the Croatian ski federation, said Kostelic could possibly return to competition Jan. 4, in Flachau, Austria, but "if he still feels pain in the next two or three days, the recovery could take up to three months."

Kostelic had surgery Tuesday after hurting his knee during a slalom race he won a day earlier in Madonna di Campiglio.

Dr. Christian Schenk found torn cartilage in Kostelic's right thigh, a small rip in the meniscus, and a piece of cartilage stuck between the meniscus and shin bone which was causing the pain.

Kostelic has already undergone several knee surgeries.