Dani Pedrosa to miss Jerez test?

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Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa looks certain to miss the final pre-season test in Jerez later this month after successful left knee and arm surgery yesterday (Wednesday).

Pedrosa suffered another crushing injury blow earlier this week when he crashed out on the second night of testing in Qatar.

The triple world champion underwent a dual three-hour operation to insert a titanium screw in a broken left arm and he also had a skin graft on his left knee at the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona.

Pedrosa looks certain to miss the Jerez two-day test session on March 28/29 with doctors reporting that he wont be able to bend his damaged left knee for a month.

Doctor Bartolomé Ferreira, a specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Hand Surgery Microsurgery Unit carried out the operation.

Dani Pedrosa was diagnosed as suffering from a loss of internal matter on his left knee Dr. Ferreira said: “Dani Pedrosa received a graft on the open wound using a rotation graft (a graft of skin and fat taken from the inside of his left thigh) to cover the affected area.

“We must now wait for scar tissue to form; the patient will be able to start moving a little within three weeks and within a minimum of four he can begin to bend the leg.”

Dr Mir carried out an arthroscopy on Pedrosa at the same time “with this the fracture on the left distal radius, which was affecting the joint, has been repaired, it was then fixed with a titanium screw.

“The functioning of the affected zone will begin within ten days, in the meantime Dani Pedrosa will stay in hospital for the next 72 hours.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt