NAIROBI, July 29 (Xinhua) — Kenya’s volleyball middle blocker Triza Atuka has expressed satisfaction with her rehabilitation progress following a knee injury that saw her miss the crucial African Olympic qualifiers.

The 28-year-old Atuka, an integral member of Kenyan national squad, picked up a left knee injury while in her club duty.

“I’m glad my surgery went well and I’m continuing with my recovery. The pain is gone and I’m now concentrating on rehabilitation. It’s great happiness that I can now do a range of controlled movements as well as changing directions while in motion,” Atuka told Xinhua on Wednesday.

“It was a painful experience but you know the injuries are part and parcel of the sport, so at one time during one’s sporting career, injuries will always be there. Generally I miss the courts. But with my progress, hopefully I will be back in action in January or February,” she added.

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is a blessing to Atuka, who has hopes of making her Olympic Games debut. “Yes, if all goes well and in good shape, I hope to make the national team. I know it will be a huge task for us considering Kenya will be up against the world’s best,” she said.

The Paul Bitok-coached Kenyans defeated Botswana, Egypt, Cameroon and Nigeria to book the sole slot reserved for Africa. They have been paired with the Olympic hosts Japan, two-time Olympic gold medalists Brazil, European champions Serbia, South Korea and the Dominican Republic in Group A.