Casey Stoner released from hospital after wrist operation

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Former world champion Casey Stoner has left hospital today after undergoing successful surgery on his damaged left wrist.

The Aussie underwent surgery at a hospital in Modena yesterday, his damaged schapoid bone, which has troubled him since 2003, requiring a bone graft from his right hip.

Antonio Landi, Specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery and Hand Surgery, was assisted by arthroscopic specialist Dr Luigi Pederzini and by Dr Norman Della Rosa in the operation, which removed two floating pieces of bone from the Ducati rider’s wrist.

The 23-year-old was discharged this afternoon and will begin his rehabilitation over the next few days on his return home to Switzerland.

The injury flared up again in Misano last season, and Stoner described it as potentially career-ending later in the campaign. He now begins a 10-week recovery period before being fit to return to action at the first test of 2009 in early February in Sepang, Malaysia.

Stoner ended his 2008 campaign with victory in the final race in Valencia before he ended a weather-hit two-day test session quickest on board Ducati’s GP9 machine.


Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt