Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom has become the latest motorsport figure to pick up an injury away from the circuit after breaking his wrist in a volleyball accident.

The Swede was taking part in a game with his Audi team-mates when he fell awkwardly and damaged his left wrist, which means he now faces a race against time to be ready for the start of the new season.

However, despite the injury, Audi's doctors are optimistic he will be fit for the opening round of the campaign in early May at Hockenheim.

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"Mattias must wear a cast for about four weeks, afterwards he can start training again to build up the muscles," Audi team physician Dr. Christian John said. "We all hope that he recovers well and Mattias can line-up on the grid at Hockenheim."

Audi motorsport boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich said he was confident Ekstrom would be ready to start his championship challenge on time.

"We wish Mattias all the best and a rapid recovery," he said. "I'm convinced that he will do everything possible to be absolutely ready to go for Hockenheim. We'll give all the support he requires in the process."