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Melandri 'OK' after operation

Melandri 'OK' after operation

Melandri 'OK' after operation

Marco Melandri underwent a successful operation to cure a muscle-pumping problem on his right forearm at the University Institute Dexeus in Barcelona on Wednesday. The former 250cc World Champion went under local anaesthesia for about an hour and a half but was awake throughout the operation and even chatted with surgeon Doctor Xavier Mir as he made four small incisions - two around the elbow and two around the wrist.

The muscle was surprisingly compressed and Doctor Mir had to insert two larger stitches than initially planned, which will have to stay in place until after the Rio GP, although Melandri still plans to contest the Dutch TT at Assen next week.

"I'm OK - I've got pins and needles and the blood is throbbing in my arm," commented Melandri, who will undergo a further check on Thursday morning before returning to his sister's house in Ravenna, Italy, where his progress will be monitored by MotoGP medic Doctor Costa.

"Now I'm very hungry as I've not been eating and drinking since last night. I spoke with the doctor and he told me that the situation of my arm was worst than he thought, so I'm happy to have brought the treatment forward. I know that it will be hard riding at Assen, but I'll go to Holland and I'll do my best."

MotoGP, 2004, Marco Melandri

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