MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins declared fit for this weekend's Andalucia Grand Prix

Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins have both been declared fit to ride at the Andalucia Grand Prix in Jerez this weekend.

Both riders missed last week’s season opener, at the same circuit, but now have the green light to return after passing a physical examination this afternoon. 

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Crutchlow had surgery on Tuesday after fracturing his scaphoid during last Sunday’s warm up session. The LCR Honda rider was taken to hospital after crashing at turn eight.

The Brit was operated on by the same doctor as Marc Marquez in Barcelona, Dr Xavier Mir, and a small screw was inserted into Crutchlow’s scaphoid to fix the fracture. 

Meanwhile, Rins was ruled out of action last weekend after a huge crash at turn 11 towards the end of qualifying. The Spaniard was fortunate not to hit Jack Miller, who had fallen at the same corner a few seconds earlier. 

The Suzuki rider landed awkwardly on his shoulder and was later diagnosed with a fracture and dislocation to his right shoulder. Rins also sustained muscle damage to the surrounding area. This week, Rins has undergone oxygen therapy, magnetic therapy and electro-stimulation sessions to reduce the healing time of his injury. 

Both riders will still be in some discomfort and will have to be cautious to some extent. Another bad fall could make increase the damage caused last week, however both will also be keen to get points on the board.