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Stoner injury does not require surgery

Stoner injury does not require surgery

Casey Stoner has been assured by doctors in Australia that his injured left shoulder will not require surgery but he will need six to eight weeks rest to allow the injury to heal.

Casey Stoner has been assured by doctors in Australia that his injured left shoulder will not require surgery but he will need six to eight weeks rest to allow the injury to heal.

Having sustained grade two to three ligament damage in a testing crash last week at Jerez it will be a relief for the World Champion that surgery is not needed and the injury has come at a relatively convenient time - with the annual seven week testing embargo now in place until late January.

However the recuperation period could mean that 22 year-old Stoner misses the first pre-season test dates of 2008, with the MotoGP riders due to visit Sepang for three days from 22nd January, followed by Phillip Island just afterwards. It is also frustrating for the Ducati Marlboro star that his ability to undertake fitness training during the winter break is now severely restricted.

Stoner visited Dr Neil Halpin in Newcastle, New South Wales, for an initial consultation on returning to Australia last week, before being referred to a private clinic in Sydney today (Thursday) where an additional specialist advised him that an operation is not needed and that the shoulder should heal naturally.

Stoner is being assessed by the same medical advisors who successfully operated on his right shoulder at the beginning of his debut MotoGP season last year.

No stranger to upper body injuries, before his promotion to the premier class Stoner twice broke his left collarbone and also injured his right shoulder when he crashed in 2004 at Le Mans practice for the 125cc French GP.

That injury led to further complications when it ‘re-awoke' during pre-season testing for 2006, forcing the young Australian to sit out the official test ahead of his rookie campaign with Honda LCR.

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MotoGP, 2007, Casey Stoner

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