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Elias begins the long road to recovery

Elias begins the long road to recovery

Back in his native Spain after surgery in Holland, Toni Elias has already began the rehabilitation process necessary for an eventual MotoGP comeback after fracturing his femur at Assen.

Back in his native Spain after surgery in Holland, Toni Elias has already began the rehabilitation process necessary for an eventual MotoGP comeback after fracturing his femur at Assen.

Taken to Barcelona on Saturday, Elias has been kept in the Dexeus Institute to be looked after until the beginning of this week, where he has been assessed further and been given a program to follow to speed up his recovery.

Dr Xavier Mir from the clinic commented on the Gresini Honda rider's progress after his initial checks, noting that "Toni is in good shape, stable and as always surprising me with the capability to recover quickly that sportsmen have." He also paid tribute to the Dutch surgeons who performed the operation, having confirmed that the fracture was corrected perfectly.

Although a minimum of three months will pass before Elias will be in any position to make a comeback, Dr. Mir noted that the rehabilitation process will experience no delay.

"After 48 hours of hospitalisation, Toni will be given the all-clear to begin his exercise program the same day that he is discharged," he confirmed in an official statement.

A temporary replacement in the Gresini Honda team in Elias' absence has yet to be announced.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, Toni Elias

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