LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet has undergone surgery to have screws inserted into his left ankle fracture removed.

The Frenchman suffered the injury while training on a motocross bike during the summer break, shortly after claiming his first MotoGP podium for the LCR team at Donington Park.

Despite pain from the injury, de Puniet didn't miss a race and was training hard again by the end of the season - a process he will shortly continue in preparation for the next MotoGP test in early February.

"Well... It has been a very quick and easy operation," said Randy. "After the crash in August I worked hard to get the best from the bike but sometimes it has been very painful for me.

"After the races my ankle was always very swollen but now I am very satisfied because the size is normal. I am going to remove the stitches in 18 days and after that will begin my rehabilitation training to be in good form at Sepang in February," he added.

Having suffered no less than six non-scores in 2008, his first on the RC212V, de Puniet missed out on points just twice in 2009.

But although he finished the 17-round season with 106 points - compared with just 61 points in 2008 (over 18 rounds) - that was only good enough for eleventh, although he missed out on seventh in the standings by just nine points.

de Puniet had been seventh early in the season and held eighth in the championship after his Donington podium (round ten), but was ultimately - as in 2008 - the lowest ranked of the full-season RCV riders by the end of the year.