Papadakis receives stitches days before worlds

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Gabriella Papadakis (Top) and Guillaume Cizeron (Bottom) of France compete during ice dance / free dance event during the European Figure Skating Championship in Bratislava on January 30, 2016 (AFP Photo/Joe Klamar)

Gabriella Papadakis (Top) and Guillaume Cizeron (Bottom) of France compete during ice dance / free dance event during the European Figure Skating Championship in Bratislava on January 30, 2016

Gabriella Papadakis (Top) and Guillaume Cizeron (Bottom) of France compete during ice dance / free dance event during the European Figure Skating Championship in Bratislava on January 30, 2016 (AFP Photo/Joe Klamar)

Paris (AFP) - French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis has been given the all clear after receiving eight stitches in her knee ahead of her world title defence, her coach told AFP on Monday.

"Gabriella was hit on her knee by a skate as she worked on some steps with Guillaume (Cizeron). Her knee was open, she had eight stitches but it's superficial," coach Romain Haguenauer said.

Papadakis returned to training on Monday in Montreal where she and skating partner Cizeron are based. The French pair will leave for the United States on Sunday where the world championships take place in Boston from March 28 to April 3.

"We're really very happy, everything is good. Gabriella and Guillaume skated their entire free programme this morning (Monday)," added Haguenauer.

Papadakis has had a season plagued by injury, with the dancers competing in their first international competition in January after the 20-year-old suffered concussion in a training fall last August.

They nevertheless successfully defended their European title, with the world championships just their second international competition this season.

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