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Hofmann faces five week recovery from injury

Hofmann faces five week recovery from injury

Hofmann faces five week recovery from injury

Kawasaki's Alex Hofmann will be forced to sit out the next two Grand Prix races in China and France as a result of the injuries sustained when he was highsided from his Ninja ZX-RR during a promotional event ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old German rider was diagnosed with a fractured scaphoid in his left wrist immediately after the crash, but a further medical examination at the renowned Klinikum Rechts Der Isar near Munich on Monday uncovered additional damage to the joint, forcing Hofmann to re-evaluate his recovery schedule.

In addition to the fractured scaphoid, Hofmann also suffered a hairline fracture to the bottom of the Ulna, one of the two bones that run between the elbow and the wrist, and soft tissue damage to his ankle. Doctors are also concerned about the possibility of ligament damage around the injured joints.

Hofmann will undergo exploratory surgery on Tuesday, under the direction of hand injury specialist Doctor Werber. The extent of the scaphoid fracture and associated ligament damage will be assessed during the operation, and a decision will be made as to whether additional surgery would speed Hofmann's return to full fitness.

The main problem Hofmann faces in his fight back to fitness is not the fractured scaphoid, but rather the damaged Ulna. Because of the location of the fracture it is not possible to pin the bone, and the former European 250cc Champion must accept a recovery period of four to five weeks before attempting to make his racing return.

Discussions about a possible replacement for the injured Hofmann are currently ongoing between the Kawasaki Racing Team and Kawasaki in Japan, with an announcement expected before the team depart for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship in China.

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