Valentino Rossi has second operation on broken leg

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Valentino Rossi underwent a second operation on his broken right leg yesterday (Monday). 

The nine-times world champion had a short operation to close the wound after the Italian suffered a compound break of his shinbone (tibia) in a horrific practice crash in Mugello last Saturday.

Dr. Roberto Buzzi, head of Trauma at the CTO Careggi (Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico) in Florence, Italy, said:  “Valentino underwent another small operation to close the wound, which is looking good. We closed it with 15 stitches and our overall medical judgement is positive.  

"We used a short general anesthetic and when he woke up he was in good shape. The healing process of the injury is going well and as expected in Valentino's condition."

Rossi’s injury – the worst in his long and illustrious career – will keep him out of action for between two and three months and killed off his hopes of winning a third successive MotoGP crown for the Fiat Yamaha squad.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt