Surgery-bound Abraham sits out rest of season

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Karel Abraham will miss the remaining five races of the 2013 MotoGP™ season, having taken the decision to undergo surgery on an injured shoulder at the start of October.

Following a crash in opening practice at Indianapolis that caused damage to his left shoulder, an MRI scan last week revealed that the Cardion AB Motoracing rider was in fact in need of surgery in order to rectify the problem. At Misano on Sunday, the Czech was forced to retire from the race because of the pain; with this in mind, the decision has been taken to undergo an operation in October, but it will mean missing the remaining rounds of the championship.

“The current recovery procedures aim at maximum possible improvement of the shoulder function,” explains Igor Čižmář, head physician of the Department of Traumatology of the University Hospital in Olomouc and a specialist in hand, arm and shoulder injuries, who will perform the surgery on Abraham. “If it were not for the positive find of the electromagnetic resonance examination, we could continue with conservative therapy.

“When sufficient shoulder stability cannot even be achieved by targeted recovery surgery, is the inevitable next step. After the intervention, the operated shoulder must be immobile for less than a month after which period intense recovery may begin. Athletes with targeted stressing of the ligaments are recommended to resume full load after three months at the earliest.”

While Abraham hopes to resume his full training regime before the end of the year, his family-run squad is now searching for a substitute rider for the Aragon to Valencia races.

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