Randy de Puniet, the only French rider in MotoGP, is unsure how his recovering knee will hold up during this weekend's Le Mans round.

The Pramac Ducati rider finished the previous Portuguese Grand Prix suffering intense pain in the knee, following the removal of a screw, and was forced to miss the post-race test as he headed for medical checks.

Those tests at least ruled-out the possibility of ligament damage, but de Puniet - who had four successive podium finishes in the 250cc class at Le Mans from 2002 to 2005 - isn't sure how much his condition will have improved in the two weeks' since Estoril.

"I must say that I was very worried about my knee after the race in Estoril," admitted de Puniet.

"When I got off the bike, I immediately feared the worst. I thought that the ligaments might have been injured during the race, but fortunately the doctor visits I've made have excluded that possibility.

"It needs rest, but we've had very few days off. The problem had to do with the blood circulation around the scar after the screw was removed.

"I'm calm and happy to race in front of my fans, on home ground. I wasn't able to test the bike like everyone else did at Estoril, but I hope to have the same approach with the bike that we had in Qatar and at Jerez."

de Puniet claimed his best MotoGP result at Le Mans with seventh last year for Honda LCR, while tenth at Estoril was his first race finish on a Ducati.

"Randy's injury is really a shame, as he was taking big steps. I hope he'll be ready for Sunday anyway," added team technical director Fabio Sterlacchini.

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