Cross-Country Skiing - Manificat ruled out for over a month

French cross-country ace Maurice Manificat has damaged his knee and faces between four to six weeks out injured.

Manificat, who won the 30-kilometre skiathlon in Canmore last weekend, has torn his quadricep tendon.

The 26-year-old complained of pain in his right knee following his first World Cup victory since Lahti in March 2010 and tests later revealed the extent of the damage.

He now faces a lengthy period of recuperation, which will likely mean he misses the start of the Tour de Ski.

Victory in Canmore took Manificat to eighth on the overall World Cup standings.