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Melandri recovering after shoulder operation

Melandri recovering after shoulder operation

Melandri recovering after shoulder operation

Marco Melandri is back on the road to recovery after undergoing a successful operation on his right shoulder. The surgery, performed by Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini at the "Villa Serena" surgery in Forli, Italy, took two and a half hours but served a double purpose for the Italian. Firstly, to repair the damage caused by the shoulder dislocation which he suffered when he fell at Phillip Island over a week ago and, secondly, to repair damage to his collarbone suffered during a winter test in Portugal earlier this year.

According to Doctor Costa the operation went smoothly and Melandri is already doing well. Dr Costa also confirmed that the youngster should be ready to start a course of physiotherapy within 21 days, and to return to riding by January if everything goes according to plan.

"All things considered, I feel alright," commented Melandri, who was sat up chatting to friends and family just hours after the operation. "Compared to last time I had a similar operation on my other shoulder, at this stage after surgery I feel calmer and I'm more wide awake.

"I know that it will be painful for a while longer but according to the doctors, the operation went well and my recovery is going fine. I'm sure I made the right choice with Yamaha to have this done now. It's likely that I'll go back to my family's home on Wednesday and I think that will be enough to keep me smiling!"

MotoGP, 2003, Marco Melandri

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