MotoGP: Crutchlow suffers badly broken ankle in practice fall

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LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow has suffered a badly broken ight ankle after falling in the final minutes of free practice two at the Australian Grand Prix. The Brit suffered a high speed fall at Phillip Island’s turn one, and has been helicoptered off the island to Melbourne where he will likely undergo surgery tonight.

Speaking to MCN after the fall, the Clinica Mobile’s Doctor Michele Zasa explained the injuries suffered to Crutchlow’s right ankle.

“It’s a complex fracture of the right ankle. It has three different lines of fracture so it is complicated and for sure it will need surgery because there are pieces of the bone dislocated. The fracture itself is bimalleolar so it involves both of the malleolus bones of his ankle. There is also a third part that involves the distal part of his tibia, in the body of the long bone in his leg.

“He didn’t lose consciousness and he was awake, so we gave him painkillers but wasn’t unconscious. Other than the ankle it seems that everything else is OK, although once he arrives at the Albert Hospital in Melbourne he will undergo further checks on his whole body just to make sure.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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