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Casey Stoner recovering from scaphoid operation

Casey Stoner recovering from scaphoid operation

Casey Stoner recovering from scaphoid operation

Casey Stoner is on the road to the recovery after undergoing an operation on the broken scaphoid bone he sustained in a nasty crash during the first qualifying session for the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky last week. The Australian teenager headed from Brno to San Marino on Monday for crucial surgery on the injury, which can often be seriously damaging to a motorcycle racers career if not treated in time, and he is now returning to the Czech Republic for a brief holiday with his parents before heading south through Europe for the next round in Portugal.

The doctors said that the operation went perfectly and my scaphoid is now stapled back into place, said Stoner, who also broke his collarbone in the crash. The only thing is that it is hurting like hell I can honestly say that I have never been in so much pain in all my life. I have a small cast over the stitches but my wrist is very swollen and the wound is sore. As for the collarbone, the bone has knitted back together well and I can feel it getting stronger every day. I have to give myself injections in the morning and the evening, but if I get back to full fitness quickly then it will all be worth it.

The 17 year old, who earlier this season became the youngest Australian ever to finish on a Grand Prix podium, is not yet sure whether he will be fit to ride at Estoril on September 7th, but is typically determined to get back on his Aprilia as soon as possible. Dr Costa thinks I have a good chance, and if there is any way for me to ride I will do it. I was desperately disappointed to miss the race at Brno because I felt I had a good chance of winning it, and after setting some fast times at Estoril in the winter I am confident I would be in with a shout there. If it is down to me, I will race - we will just have to wait and see what the doctors say.

125cc, 2003, Casey Stoner

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