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'Small fissue' for Marquez

“Today we have performed some more detailed X-rays, which confirm that the injury at the upper point of his humerus is minimal – a small fissure"
MotoGP star rookie Marc Marquez has undergone further medical checks upon arriving home in Barcelona.

The Repsol Honda rider lost control at over 200mph during Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, forcing him to jump off his RCV after it veered towards a trackside wall.

Marquez was left with chin and shoulder injuries, but able to ride for the rest of the weekend - although his efforts went unrewarded when he fell out of second place in the closing stages of the race.

Upon arrival in Barcelona, Marquez headed to the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus, where he underwent a medical this (Monday) afternoon.

Doctor Xavier Mir, Director of the Microsurgery and Surgery Department, studied in more detail the shoulder injury which was first examined on Friday - in his role as part of the First Contact medical team that attends each grand prix.

Doctor Mir said: “Following the initial examination that we performed on Marc at Mugello, in which he underwent his first X-rays, we weren't convinced about the condition of his right shoulder.

“Today we have performed some more detailed X-rays on him, which confirm that the injury at the upper point of his humerus is minimal – a small fissure. As such injuries can compromise the condition of tendons in the shoulder, we also gave him a Doppler ultrasound scan. This ruled out any broken tendons.

“What he does have is a small inflammation of the tendons, but this is something that can be treated in a matter of days with physiotherapy. The progress in the 24 hours following the injury was very good. At first he had some difficulty lifting his arm, but this has improved now.

“He now only has some issues raising it sideways, which again is something that with physiotherapy he will completely recover from in time for the Catalan Grand Prix"

Marquez, who has slipped from second to third in the world championship, now has two weeks to recover before his home Catalunya round.

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