Citroen's Mads Ostberg has said he had no choice but to drop out of Rally Argentina as it was simply 'too dangerous and too painful' for him to continue.

Ostberg went into the final leg in tenth place in his DS3 WRC, having re-started under Rally 2 on Saturday following his crash in the opening test the previous day.

However, he hurt his hand in SS9 with a 'kick back' through the steering and while he tried to drive through the pain barrier on Sunday, in the end he had to admit defeat.

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"Yesterday, on the penultimate stage of the day [SS9], I got a bad kick back through the steering on my right hand," confirmed the former columnist. "We tried to carry on today with the injury but I was having to drive with only my left hand.

"It was too dangerous and too painful and it wasn't sensible to keep going," he added. "We talked it through with the team and we [then] decided to stop after the first loop."

Citroen deputy team principal, Marek Nawarecki meanwhile has said the injury shouldn't stop the Norwegian competing in Sardinia next month.

"Initial tests suggest that the injury isn't too serious. Mads will spend some time resting and recovering [now] before preparing for Rally Italia Sardegna."