Injured Kostelic hopes to ski in World Cup season

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Overall World Cup leader Ivica Kostelic says he hopes to return to competing within a month despite having a knee operation.

The defending overall champion underwent surgery in Basel, Switzerland, after partially tearing cartilage in his right knee during his super-combined victory in Russia on Sunday.

He said upon return to Croatia on Wednesday that the best case scenario would be returning on March 10 at the World Cup slalom race in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Kostelic holds a 70-point lead over Beat Feuz of Switzerland in the overall standings. The Croat clinched the super-combined title with Sunday's victory.