Randy de Puniet set for more surgery

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Randy de Puniet is likely to require further surgery on the left leg he broke in a crash during the German Grand Prix in July.

The Frenchman broke his tibia and fibula when his left leg was run over by Mika Kallio in an incident during the Sachsenring race.

The 29-year-old made a miraculous recovery and was back in action less than a month later when he made a return at the Czech Republic round in Brno.

But the former Kawasaki factory rider, who will ride in the Pramac Ducati squad in 2011, says the left leg has been giving him serious discomfort and that a further operation was required.

He said: “It was a big problem at Valencia because we have a lot of left corners and I had big pain during the whole weekend and again for the test.

"I had an X-ray before Valencia because I wanted to take out everything but the bone is not completely repaired. I’m a little bit afraid about that and I will take off the screw in my knee.

"I need to have a long rest because I used too much the leg and it has not been so good for my body. Maybe this week I’ll take the screw out.”

For full coverage of the Valencia test, see tomorrow’s issue of MCN.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt