Canada's Jan Hudec navigates a jump during Saturday's World Cup downhill in Switzerland. In the same race, Hudec fractured his right hand when it struck a gate towards the end of his run. ((Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images))

Jan Hudec is headed back to the operating table.

The Canadian skier needs surgery to repair a fractured right hand suffered during Saturday's World Cup downhill race.

Dr. Stephen French, Alpine Canada's medical co-director, said in a release the procedure could happen as soon as Sunday in Zurich.

It's unclear how long Hudec — who has undergone six knee surgeries, five of them anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions — will be sidelined.

But a quick return may be possible.

"Team officials are trying to determine when the most appropriate return to competition will be," said French. "It remains hopeful for the remainder of the season."

Hudec, a 29-year-old from Calgary, was hurt when his hand struck a gate towards the end of his run on the Lauberhorn course.

He finished his run in two minutes 34.02 seconds and was the top Canadian in 21st place.