Haga: Fractured vertebra could be old injury

Ducati Xerox have confirmed that Noriyuki Haga's suspected fractured vertebra could in fact be an injury from an earlier accident, a revelation that could well see him on the bike again by the next round at Brno.

Haga was airlifted to Derby Hospital following his vicious accident during the second World Superbike race of the day at Donington Park, with initial results in the medical centre showing a fracture to his T8 and T9 vertebrae.

However, a further CT scan suggests these may be remains of a previous accident instead, thus negating any need for an operation.

Nonetheless, Haga will still undergo an operation for a displaced fracture in his right wrist, while a suspected fracture in his shoulder has also been diagnosed.

"This is good news" said team manager Davide Tardozzi. "Of course it needs to be confirmed tomorrow, Monday. Nori will for sure undergo an operation on the ulna bone of his right forearm, because it is a displaced fracture and there is also a suspected fracture of the scapula (shoulder blade) bone. It is clear however that if he really doesn't need to have an operation to the vertebrae he could get away with a month's rest.”

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its not over !!! - Unregistered

June 29, 2009 12:10 AM

oh god oh god please let this be the case that the injuries are not what they were initially as those woulda meant nori being sidelined till at least portimao or worse next season. Its doubtfull he will be back at Bruno especially if he undergoes any major ops ,with two breaks his wrist (throttle hand :() and shoulder, he will need a lengthy period of recovery and even if he does return it will be doubtfull if he can take the fight to spies with the magnitude of the injuries he is recovering from. Either way Title or no title , it will be good to see Nori back on the bike tearing things up thats all that counts, he will prevail some day if not this year then nextfor sure welcome back king!

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