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Rossi undergoes shoulder surgery

The new Ducati rider begins his preparations for the 2011 season by ridding himself of the shoulder problem.
Valentino Rossi is starting on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery for the shoulder complaint that hampered him throughout the 2010 MotoGP season.

In the week that he made his debut for Ducati during the post-season Valencia tests, Rossi returned to his native Italy to go under the knife for the injury, sustained back in April following an accident during motorcross training.

The focus of the arthroscopic procedure on Rossi, who suffered damage to the cartilage and shoulder joints, was on the supraspinatus tendon and glenoid ligament.

Performed at the Cervesi di Cattolica hospital, the surgery was carried out by Dr Alex Castagna and Dr Giuseppe Porcellini, where it was confirmed that Rossi should expect a recovery period of around 90 days.

"The condition of the shoulder was really critical: Valentino really had to be tough to keep racing with that kind of injury,” said the surgeons. “The intervention went well, without any complications. For rehabilitation, you'd usually need 90 days for that kind of injury but we'll do our best in order to meet the requirements of the rider."

Though Rossi missed four MotoGP races during the 2010 season after breaking his leg at Mugello, it was his shoulder complaint that he would credit for his failure to get on terms with FIAT Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo during the second-half of the year. Despite this, he was still able to score five podiums during the final five races, including a win at Sepang.

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Finally the truth - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 11:51 PM

Rossi's mechanic Alex Briggs has already said that the biggest reason for him not going faster at the test was his damaged shoulder and his exhaustion from riding with the injury. Now his doctors have confirmed the extent of the injury we can see that it was a genuine and serious problem and not the kind of fake malingering that Stoner specializes in. Which makes 900 posts of mostly BS posted up by his haters suddenly seem even more dumb. Good luck Vale. Your true fans wish you a speedy recovery and a quick return to the top!

46 - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 11:26 PM

Get well soon champ! Ignore the haters, we all know you will suprise a few people next year! We have absolutely no doubt you'll be back at the top real soon!

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