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Erskine rubbished reports that Thorpe could lose the use of his arm because of the infections, but said Thorpe would never swim again competitively.
“From a competitive point of view – he will not be swimming competitively again I don’t think,” Erskine said.
“The shoulder operation was a major operation. He’s got as many plates as Barry Sheene,” he added, referring to the now deceased world champion motorcycle rider.
It is understood the infection contracted by Thorpe is similar in nature to the potentially deadly Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) superbug that has swept some hospitals in Europe.
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