Cal Crutchlow undergoes successful shoulder surgery

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Cal Crutchlow has undergone successful surgery on his left shoulder after completing his LCR Honda debut in Valencia last week.

Crutchlow had an operation last Friday morning at the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle to remove a plate from his left collarbone that was inserted after he broke the bone in a crash during his first appearance in the British Grand Prix back in 2011.

The 29-year-old also had arthritis in his left shoulder cleaned up, with both procedures carried out by Len Funk, who is a Consultant Shoulder Surgeon and Professor of Orthopaedics & Sports Science.

Crutchlow is now recovering at his Isle of Man home before he flies to America at the end of November for a winter training camp ahead of his second Honda RC213V appearance at the Sepang track in Malaysia in early February.

Prior to last week’s surgery, the former World Supersport champion told MCN: “I’ve got arthritis in it from an operation I had in 2010 and now I have got a plate in there as well from my crash at Silverstone in 2011. That needs to come out. I need to get the arthritis cleaned out because in warmer conditions I don’t have an issue. But in the cold it was causing me some pain. I can’t keep riding with the pain and I want to take the plate out because if it is left in there too long it can get stuck to the bone.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt