The Lotus Renault GP team has countered suggestions that the condition of its injured driver, Robert Kubica, had deteriorated following a second round of surgery in Italy.

The Pole continues to recuperate in hospital following the rally accident that came close to claiming his life on the Ronda di Andora event last weekend, but a Polish news source suggested that he had had to be moved back to intensive car following a secondary, nine-hour, operation on his injured right arm.

Kubica previously underwent a seven-hour surgery to re-establish mobility in his right hand which, it was initially feared, may have had to have been amputated, but his condition was thought to be improving - to the point where he was moved out of intensive care late last week [see story here]. However, Polish TV channel TVN 24 quoted the driver's girlfriend, Edyta Witas, as saying that there had been a downturn in his general condition following surgery and he had had to be moved back to the trauma unit.

"His state has somewhat worsened, both in regards to his physical and psychological state," Witas was alleged to have reported, "Robert has had worse days, but he is strong and he knows that staying in ICU is the best solution for him. His life is not in danger."

Since then, however, the Lotus Renault team has moved to counter suggestions that Kubica's condition was again serious, telling F1 insider Adam Cooper that "the latest update.... is that his condition remains positive."

Although the team confirmed that he had been moved back to ICU, it was only seen as a precautionary move and not as a reaction to his condition. Dr Francesco Lanza has already confirmed that, despite the apparent success of both Kubica's previous operations, the Pole will face a third, to have further work done on his elbow.

"He will stay in intensive care for the next couple of days to allow a complete check-up and to avoid another change of department before his final operation," the team confirmed, "His good general condition means that the final surgery is scheduled for Wednesday."

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