Yuna Kim is coming back in December and Evan Lysacek‘s return is up in the air, but Yevgeny Plushenko is going to compete this week.
The 2006 Olympic champion and three-time Olympic medalist is slated to take the ice in Riga, Latvia, for the lower-level Volvo Open Cup beginning Thursday.
Plushenko, 31, hasn’t competed since withdrawing after the short program of the European Championships in January with a back injury.
Russia earned one men’s figure spot for the Sochi Olympics. Plushenko is expected to receive it if he’s healthy. In Sochi, Plushenko would try to become the second skater to win four Olympic singles figure skating medals, joining Swede Gillis Grafstrom, who won gold in 1920, 1924 and 1928 and silver in 1932.
Plushenko is also entered in the Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix event in Moscow in two weeks.