Cal Crutchlow has been forced to undergo surgery to have a severed tendon in his left index finger reattached, after the LCR Honda rider managed to slice it with a knife in a kitchen accident at his home in Italy only days ahead of this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix.
The Brit did the injury yesterday but admitted that he thought nothing of it, sleeping as usual last night before waking up this morning with the wound still bleeding, before travelling to Pistola Hospital and then to Parma for assessment by the Clinica Mobile team of Doctor Michele Zasa and Doctor Luca Guardoli.
There, they diagnosed a severed tendon, and he underwent surgery before having a custom-made splint made to keep it immobile while the internal injury heals.
"Unfortunately, I sliced my finger with a knife yesterday and it severed the tendon on my left index finger. I slept on it, but as the bleeding continued this morning, I went to the Emergency Room at Pistoia Hospital, where I was examined by Doctor Riccardo Simonti who discovered that the tendon was severed. I then had an operation on my finger to reattach the tendon and then stitch it all back up.
“I was taken care of very well at the hospital, they did a good job. Since then I visited a hand specialist in Parma who made me a splint for the finger to give me every opportunity to ride at my best this weekend for the San Marino Grand Prix. I am sure it will be difficult, but I will try one hundred percent as always. Let’s see how it goes.”
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