Abraham undergoes operation on shoulder

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Karel Abraham has undergone surgery to his injured left shoulder, having been hurt during opening practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Abraham suffered the shoulder injury after highsiding at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 16 August, before it was confirmed on 18 September that he would be sitting out the rest of the season due to undergoing surgery. In the meantime, he has been covered for at Cardion AB Motoracing by Italy’s Luca Scassa.

"Karel Abraham suffered a multiple injury to the shoulder joint," explains Igor Čižmář, the Senior Consultant of the Trauma Department who carried out the operation at Olomouc University Hospital in the Czech Republic.

"His ligaments of the articular capsule on the outside of the joint were damaged, while the ligaments connecting the scapula and the clavicle had torn and healed to form a weak join. This was causing instability in the joint and discomfort. The ligaments connecting the scapula and clavicle were no longer holding the shoulder in place, so it was necessary to graft on a tendon from the forearm; use of that tendon is standard and the patient will not notice it, even when playing sports to the full.

"Karel will be able to start exercising again in two or three weeks at the earliest. Gradually, we will build up the level of exercise so that he should be able to exercise fully after five or six weeks."

Although he is unable to return to riding, Abraham explains that he will be heading to Brno this weekend as an event is carried out in memory of Marco Simoncelli.

"I’m happy to have got it over with it and after the rehab’s finished I’m sure I’ll be able to once again give 100% in my training and riding," he says. "I’ve got the whole winter in front of me and the aim is to be able to go into pre-season testing without anything holding me back. It’ll be a while of course before I’m able to get back on the bike, but I’m counting on going to the Masaryk Circuit this Sunday to watch the Marco Simoncelli Memorial Ride."

Earlier this season, Abraham also missed the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas following a crash in qualifying which left him with a broken right collarbone.

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