Lambert played through his knee problems last season and underwent corrective surgery in November when his doctor, Mission Viejo-based William Schobert, discovered cartilage was flaking off his knee. Schobert is the same doctor who treated current women’s world champion Misty May-Treanor and former AVP star Karch Kiraly, who retired last year at age 46.
“By Karch’s calendar, I’ve still got a good 10 years left,” said Lambert, 33.
Lambert went through rehabilitation, but the same problem recurred, and he had a second surgery in February.
He’s now recovering from the latest surgery with physical therapy, weight-lifting, and Bikram yoga.
“It certainly does not help our cause for the Olympics,” said Lambert, who is aiming to play six FIVB events this season as he and Metzger try to catch Gibb and Rosenthal. The team will start international play either May 6 at the Prague Open, or May 13 at the Italian Open.