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Byrne undergoes successful operation

Byrne undergoes successful operation

Byrne undergoes successful operation

Shane Byrne underwent a successful two-hour operation in San Marino on Thursday to repair ligament and bone damage to his left wrist. Byrne picked up the injury in a practice crash at Brno back in August and, after finishing at Motegi two weeks ago, further medical checks revealed the scaphoid was actually broken and had caused serious ligament damage.

Doctor Soragni and MotoGP Doctor Claudio Costa carried out the operation and Byrne is now clear to begin a two-month rehabilitation period, followed by an intensive course of physiotherapy in three weeks time in a bid to be fit for winter testing.

"Originally the operation was going to be done under local anaesthetic but after having about three or four injections under my arm to numb my wrist and still being able to feel it when they pinched me they decided to give me a general - lights out!" explained a jovial Byrne after recovering consciousness.

"The staff in the hospital have been mega and poor Lisa (Byrne's girlfriend) has been even better. Bless her, she's staying in the hospital with me tonight - we've got our own room with a nice view of the castle on the mountain, if she wasn't so switched on I could try telling her we are in a hotel!

"My wrist is killing me at the minute but it's good to know that it's soon going to be like brand new."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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