Nicky Hayden will attempt a return from surgery at the Catalunya MotoGP this weekend.

The Drive M7 Aspar rider withdrew from the previous Italian round due to ongoing wrist problems, then underwent an operation at the start of last week.

"I am happy to say my hand is feeling better than before surgery and in Mugello, but it's only been seven days since the operation so still a bit too early to say how I will be in Barcelona," said the 2006 world champion.

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"After resting it after surgery for a few days I have now started rehab on it but I really have to wait a few more days to know my level and if it's possible to go this weekend.

"I think I will try in FP1, see how I feel and discuss it with my team and doctors to know if we can do the race.

"For sure I would hate to miss another race after two non-point scores but also we have to be smart and think long term and make a decision with both our heart and head. So we wait and see, hope for the best.

"This track is fast and challenging with a bit of everything, and a lot of long corners with a lot of lean angle where if we can make the soft tyre last it can help us be more competitive with the extra edge grip."

Hayden is now tied with team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama for top Production Honda honours in the championship standings.

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Nikki wants to be part of the MotoGP circus too much to leave willingly.
He could have gone to WSB on a competitive package but opted to stay on what is essentially a CRT bike (as did Edwards).

Nicky is on his way out just like CE, there's no way hes gona risk further injury and screw hi wsbk move for 2015