New LCR Honda MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow underwent planned surgery on his shoulder last Friday.

The purpose of the operation - revealed by Crutchlow in September - was to remove a metal plate inserted into his broken collarbone at Silverstone 2011 and address arthritis issues the Englishman has suffered in recent seasons.

"I don't want to leave [the plate] in too long because then it really gets stuck to the bone," Crutchlow said at Misano. "Hopefully they can [also] clear the arthritis up a little bit and see if that's better. It's not a major operation and I should be back on a motorbike within four weeks. So at least I can do something during the winter."

Crutchlow, who set the eighth fastest lap time (+0.872s) on his RCV debut at Valencia last week, has until February's Sepang MotoGP tests to regain full fitness.

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