Marc Marquez has successful eye op

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Marc Marquez has undergone successful surgery on his right eye to cure a double vision issue that ended his hopes of capturing the Moto2 world title at the first attempt last season.

The Spaniard missed the final round of the campaign in Valencia after a heavy crash during opening practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on October 21 left him with severe vision problems in his right eye.

The former 125GP world champion was operated on first thing this morning at the Outpatients Eye Surgery Unit of Barcelona’s Hospital Clinico, in a procedure performed by Doctor Bernardo Sánchez Dalmau.

The surgeon treated Marquez for paralysis of the upper right oblique muscle, caused by trauma to the fourth right cranial nerve in Marquez’s Sepang accident “The patient underwent the operation under local anaesthetic and sedation and the procedure went satisfactorily”, said Doctor Sánchez, who discharged the rider so as to allow him “to continue his recovery at home.”

Marquez has been gradually regaining normal vision over the past three months, but it had not reached the necessary level required for him to ride.

After consulting various specialists and receiving the opinion that he would have to undergo an operation once his vision had stabilised, Marquez decided to schedule this small procedure.

Marquez will now rest up and begin his quest to be fit for the opening Moto2 test of 2012 at Valencia on February 8.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt