Dani Pedrosa has entered the second stage of his recovery in his race to be fit in time for the third round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship in Portugal.

The Spaniard underwent an operation to relieve the compression in the left subclavian artery last week, a legacy of the shoulder injury he sustained in an accident at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.

Revisiting doctors at the Teknon Medical Centre, they confirmed the wound is healing well and, with no infection, they expect to remove the stitches next week.

There has been no formal confirmation that Pedrosa will be fit in time for the third round at Estoril, though he is undergoing rehabilitation with a first stage of passive exercises of the left shoulder with the help of a physiotherapist.

The Repsol Honda rider is currently classified second in the overall standings after finishing third and second in the opening two rounds.