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Latvala: Argentina was nearly possible

Jari-Matti Latvala says it was almost possible for him to compete in Argentina
Jari-Matti Latvala has revealed that competing in Argentina next weekend was almost an option before he elected to miss the event to focus on being fully fit for the Acropolis Rally next month.

The Ford driver suffered a broken collarbone in an accident while cross-country skiing and will be replaced by Dani Sordo for the South American event.

Speaking to WRC.com however, Latvala revealed that it was 'almost possible' that he could have avoided missing an event but the risks involved led him to decide it was better to watch on from the sidelines.

“It's a big, big disappointment I can't drive in Argentina but on the other hand when I return in Greece I will be more motivated than ever,” he said. “Argentina would almost have been possible. The problem was the recce. I needed two weeks between the operation and the recce starting to have tried to be there but I was three days too late.

“But actually there would have been a lot of stress for the arm over three long days and I couldn't risk it. The doctors said if there had been a problem with the steel plate and the screws then everything would have had to happen again and it would have been two or three months to recover. It was better to miss one rally than the rest of the season.”

Latvala added that he remained hopeful of not only being fully fit for the Acropolis Rally, but also for the test planned by Ford ahead of the event.

“I hope so and the doctors are confident I will be fine,” he said. “The only thing will be the pain. I don't know what this will be like but I will just have to live with it and hope it won't cause any problems. I can always take painkillers.”



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rc212v - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 6:08 PM

You guys are a little bit stupid. riding with a broken collarbone is a great risk. and although a lot of moto riders do it it's not a rule. JML is almost out of the championship fight so this is the right decision to skip argentina. get well soon JML



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