2011 MotoGP rookie Cal Crutchlow is recovering after surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered just before this year's World Superbike Championship.

The tendon operation, similar to the one recently undertaken by Valentino Rossi, went as planned - and Crutchlow expects to be fit for the next test - although the damage was worse than expected and arthritis was also found.

"Back home now after my shoulder operation with Professor Len Funk!" Crutchlow wrote on his Twitter page @calcrutchlow. "Alot worse than expected, fixed tendon back on but found i have arthritis in it but that shouldnt effect until some years we hope! Same recovery and hope to test Sepang Feb1 . . . !"

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