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Medical update on Alex Marquez’s injury

Medical update on Alex Marquez’s injury

Dr Xavier Mir of the Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus spoke exclusively with motogp.com about Alex Marquez’s injury.

After falling during a private test in Jerez, Alex Marquez underwent an X-ray where a possible fracture to his left wrist was seen. Once in Barcelona, doctors examined the Spanish rider and made a three-dimensional CT scan in which they found a small fracture in Marquez’s left triquetrum.

“The triquetrum is one of the eight bones in the wrist and is next to the scaphoid. As such, the triquetrum has poor circultation and a long immobilization is needed,” explained Dr Mir.

Noting that “the fracture was slightly offset”, doctors decided to operate on Alex Marquez and introduced a compression screw. It is a very aggressive surgery done via a small incision with the screw inserted into the bone in the exact place needed.

Alex Marquez was discharged on Monday morning and Dr Mir believes it will be just 48 hours until rehabilitation can begin. “The bone will heal in five weeks but Marquez will try to be at the Jerez test on the second of March because the bone is secure and does not require a wrist cast.”

“The injury may be an issue in braking, when the rider has to go from 270km/h to 70km/h, the rider is supported by their wrist and it receives a lot of pressure. For him the test should be a good assessment as he can go and turn some laps then stop. For the championship, I think it should start smoothly,” concluded Dr Mir.

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Moto2, 2016, Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

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